In recent months, rumors have been continuously swirling around veteran small forward Tobias Harris and his future with the Philadelphia 76ers. With his failure to live up to expectations from the massive contract he signed in the summer of 2019, many people believe that the Sixers are better off moving him before the 2021 trade deadline. Despite going through some ups and downs in the past, Harris is still expected to receive plenty of interest once he becomes available on the trading block.
One of the potential suitors for Harris is the Golden State Warriors. In a recent article, Evan Massey of NBA Analysis Network wrote about a hypothetical deal between the Sixers and the Warriors that would bring Harris to the Bay Area. In the proposed scenario, Golden State would be sending a package that includes Andrew Wiggins, Eric Paschall, and a 2022 first-round pick to Philadelphia in exchange for Harris. If the deal pushes through, Massey believes that it would help both teams improve their rosters.
“For the Warriors, they would be bringing in a stretch forward who can score at a very high level. Harris averaged 19.6 points per game last season with the 76ers. He would fit in nicely in an offense that thrives on shooting the three. On the other hand, the 76ers would be moving a big contract that doesn’t fit with them anymore. Wiggins can score at a high level and could be a great supporting cast member for Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons.”
Though they would be the ones giving up more assets, the proposed trade makes a lot of sense for the Warriors. By sending Wiggins, Paschall, and a future first-round selection to the City of Brotherly Love, they would be receiving a veteran wingman who is more experienced and battle-tested in the playoffs. Harris may have disappointed in Philadelphia, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that the same thing would happen in Golden State. Being given the opportunity for a fresh start with another title contender may help him revive his career.
Meanwhile, the suggested deal should be a no-brainer for the Sixers, especially if they are determined to get rid of Harris. In exchange for the veteran small forward, they would be acquiring a younger wingman in Wiggins who perfectly fits the timeline of franchise cornerstones Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons. Paschall would give the Sixers a boost in their second unit, while the future draft asset would enable them to add another young and promising talent to their roster.