NBA Rumors: Sixers Could Swap Tobias Harris For Victor Oladipo Or Kevin Love Before 2021 Trade Deadline

Victor Oladipo #4 of the Indiana Pacers drives around Kevin Love #0 of the Cleveland Cavaliers during the second half of Game 2 of the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.
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After successfully getting rid of Al Horford in the 2020 offseason, the Philadelphia 76ers are expected to find ways to dump Tobias Harris’ massive contract next. With his inability to efficiently co-exist with Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid in the City of Brotherly Love, most people believe the Sixers would be better off moving Harris before the 2021 trade deadline. In a recent article, Harrison Grimm of SB Nation’s Liberty Ballers talked about Harris’ future in Philadelphia.

Grimm agreed the Sixers should try finding Harris a new home before the 2021 trade deadline. He also suggested Philadephia may consider engaging in a blockbuster deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers or Indiana Pacers, which would enable them to swap Harris for Kevin Love or Victor Oladipo. Love and Oladipo would undeniably be intriguing replacements for Harris.

Between the two, Oladipo would be a less risky option for the Sixers. If he manages to return to 100 percent health and regains his All-Star form, Oladipo would give the Sixers a very reliable third scoring option behind Embiid and Simmons, as well as a decent playmaker, floor-spacer, and a great perimeter defender. If he once again struggles to return to his old self this season, they could simply let him go when he becomes an unrestricted free agent in the 2021 offseason.

“Swapping Harris for Oladipo would allow the Sixers for even more salary cap relief. If the Sixers didn’t like the price tag Oladipo was demanding, they could let him walk which would open up even more possibilities in free agency. Combine that with the fact that Danny Green is an expiring deal and the Sixers would be looking at a free agency period where they could land a player far better suited for the roster with a competitive contract.”

Victor Oladipo #4 of the Indiana Pacers tries to get around Kevin Love #0 of the Cleveland Cavaliers during the first half at Quicken Loans Arena on November 1, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio.
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Though swapping Harris for Love wouldn’t help the Sixers open up a huge chunk of their salary cap space, he would be a great acquisition. Love would give them an All-Star with championship experience. Aside from being a prolific scorer, he’s also a great rebounder, facilitator, and floor-spacer. Last season, he averaged 17.6 points, 9.8 rebounds, and 3.2 assists while shooting 45.0 percent from the field and 37.4 percent from beyond the arc, per ESPN.

Love and Embiid could benefit from teaming up in Philadelphia’s frontcourt. The Sixers could easily hide Love’s major weakness by pairing him with a defensive specialist like Embiid. Meanwhile, sharing the court with a floor-spacing big man like Love would allow Embiid to focus more on punishing opponents under the basket.