Jovan Buha: Doc Rivers on what the trade means for the Clippers: “I guess the good news there is being an 8th seed, 7th seed or 6th seed is not our goal in the long run. We want to be champions. And we’re willing to take the risk to do that. There’s no guarantees — we do understand that.”
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Tobias Harris: Excited for this new opportunity with the @Philadelphia 76ers, let’s get to work and bring another championship to Philadelphia. #TrustTheProcess pic.twitter.com/dws9a64ZSF
Jake Fischer: The Sixers and Clippers only began conversations about last night’s blockbuster Tobias Harris trade on Tuesday, sources say. The franchise-altering move came together in just a matter of hours.
Bobby Marks: As part of the Tobias Harris trade, the Clippers created a $9.8 million trade exception. The exception is good for one year but will be lost if they elect to use cap space this summer.
Tobias Harris: One last incredible moment and memory, thank you to the @Los Angeles Clippers, my teammates and all the fans. It’s been a blessing to be apart of this organization. Much love LA!
The L.A. Clippers have acquired forward Wilson Chandler, center Mike Muscala, guard Landry Shamet, two first round draft picks and two second round draft picks from the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for forward Tobias Harris, center Boban Marjanovic and forward Mike Scott, it was announced today by President of Basketball Operations Lawrence Frank.
“We are excited to welcome Wilson, Mike, and Landry to the L.A. Clippers. Wilson is a veteran player we have long respected for his toughness, versatility and leadership. His hard-nosed mentality will fit right in with the rest of this group,” said Frank. “Mike is a versatile big man who has the ability to shoot the ball and space the floor.”
Frank continued, “We have also admired Landry, a first round pick from Wichita State, since last year’s draft process. He has only justified expectations. Landry quickly earned a spot in the 76ers rotation and has been the most accurate three-point shooter in this year’s rookie class. In addition to Wilson, Mike, and Landry, we obtained multiple draft assets today that will be important building blocks as we continue to carry out our long-term plan — to construct a sustainable championship contender.”
“We are in the unique position to contend now and we think this trade positions us well for the postseason,” 76ers General Manager Elton Brand said. “Tobias is one of the best three-point shooters in the NBA and possesses an innate ability to impact the game on both ends of the floor, while Boban and Mike provide valuable skillsets, size and depth to our team. All three players bring high character to our locker room and we are excited about their fit alongside Joel, Ben, Jimmy and our entire roster.”
Shams Charania: The Clippers are sending Tobias Harris to the 76ers, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @WatchStadium.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Sources: Clippers and Sixers have agreed to trade Tobias Harris, Boban Marjanovic, Mike Scott for Landry Shamet, Wilson Chandler, Mike Muscala, 2020 first-rounder, 2021 unprotected 1st via Miami and two second rounders.
Eric Pincus: The pick that the Clippers owe Boston is lottery protected this year and next; if LAC has a good summer (and looks like they will) then a playoff berth next year means Boston gets the 2020 first. If not, then it’s a 2022 second
Alex Kennedy: One NBA executive believes Tobias Harris to PHI could lead to other East contenders making their own trades prior to the deadline. This may be the first big domino to fall. It’ll be interesting to see what the other top teams in the East decide to do before 3 p.m. ET on Thursday.
Alex Kennedy: After the Butler deal, Embiid said PHI added something “we didn’t have before: [someone to] create shots and make shots off the dribble.” Now, PHI just added another player who fits that mold. Tobias Harris is in the 73rd percentile in iso scoring. And he’s shooting 42.2% from 3!
Other teams have called about Tobias Harris, but the Clips have so far shown no inclination to deal him, sources say. They would happily re-sign him if July goes a certain way for them.
But the Clippers have yet to offer Tobias Harris in any package, sources said. It is believed that the Wolves are looking at Harris to headline any potential Clippers deal, just like they are looking at Richardson to be the main cog in a deal with Miami.
In any deal with the Clippers, Minnesota would prefer to acquire forward Tobias Harris, sources said. Various trade packages have been proposed on both sides, but the Clippers do not intend to trade Harris, sources said. The Timberwolves’ brass hasn’t fully engaged the Clippers’ pitches, sources said, because it is believed that president of basketball operations/head coach Tom Thibodeau is holding out hope that he can persuade Butler to rescind his trade request.
The Clippers have more to offer than the Lakers. They would be willing to create a package with forward Tobias Harris and the 12th or 13th pick in this year’s draft, according to a source not authorized to speak publicly.
The Clippers have made calls to several teams in the top 10, inquiring about the price tags to move up, league sources told The Athletic. Tobias Harris is a name to keep an eye on in those trade talks. Harris is entering the final year of his contract and will earn $14.8 million.
Tobias Harris: Detroit, From the day I got here it’s been nothing but love. I want to thank every last one of you for the amazing support, the hospitality, the snow, The games at the Palace and Little Caesar’s, the cheers, the boos, hearing y’all scream DETROIT, followed by BASKETBALL!! It’s been amazing. Gods path leads you in many directions, I’m excited to start the next chapter. Want to give a true thank you to my teammates it’s been a blessing to work with you everyday. Want to thank Tom Gores and Coach Van Gundy, true professionals and first class men. Blessings to you Detroit. Thank you🙏🏽🙏🏽
Taking back the contracts of Tobias Harris, Avery Bradley and Boban Marjanovic now has the Clippers $629K below the luxury tax. The flexibility allows the Clippers to fill the 15th roster spot and stay below the tax. Tobias Harris has a current cap hit of $16M and $14.8M next season. Avery Bradley has a salary of $8.8M and will be a free agent with bird rights this summer. Boban Marjanovic has a cap hit of $7M this season and next year.
“That’s what I’m saying – this stuff is crazy,” Van Gundy said of media reports. “And I’m not going to be the guy to step up and say, ‘No, no, no. None of these guys are available.’ Because I’m not lying to anybody. “Here’s the thing: who do you think people call about? Are interested in? Your best players? Yeah. That’s who people call about. Yes, there’s always discussions about Reggie and Andre (Drummond) and Marcus (Morris) and Tobias (Harris) and Stanley (Johnson) and Jon Leuer. Always, yes. People call about them. There’s discussions about those guys on a daily basis. That’s who people call about. They are interested in those guys. So yes, those discussions take place all the time.”
Rod Beard: Orlando Sentinel’s @Josh Robbins on with @ShepMatt: “#Pistons Stan Van Gundy has been a big fan of Tobias Harris for a long time.”
Hennigan did his due diligence then, and he talked to at least a few likely suitors this time around, per league sources. A couple of teams wish the Magic had called, but it’s unclear if they would have offered anything better. Harris is weirdly one of the most divisive players in the league. Remember: the Kings were his only real suitor in free agency last summer.
The Detroit Pistons announced today that the team has acquired forward Tobias Harris from the Orlando Magic in exchange for guard Brandon Jennings and forward Ersan Ilyasova. “We are pleased to welcome Tobias Harris to our organization,” said Jeff Bower, General Manager for the Detroit Pistons. “Tobias adds good versatility as a ball handler and scorer who can play both forward positions. He also has good experience for a young player and will fit well with the young core we have assembled on our roster. We appreciate the contributions made by Brandon and Ersan to our organization and wish them well moving forward.”
The Orlando Magic have acquired guard Brandon Jennings and forward Ersan Ilyasova from the Detroit Pistons in exchange for forward Tobias Harris, General Manager Rob Hennigan announced today. “Brandon (Jennings) and Ersan (Ilyasova) are two veterans that will help balance our roster and provide valuable experience to our team,” said Hennigan. “Both players bring scoring, competitiveness and added depth to our roster. We want to thank Tobias (Harris) for his contributions, both on and off the court.”
Detroit Pistons: OFFICIAL: #Pistons have acquired Tobias Harris in exchange for Brandon Jennings & Ersan Ilyasova. Welcome Tobias!
Orlando Magic: TRADE ALERT: We have acquired Brandon Jennings & Ersan Ilyasova from the @DetroitPistons for Tobias Harris.
Reggie Jackson: Wish Brandon Jennings and Ersan Ilyasova the best in Orlando. Teammates only a short time but y’all was real #funtimes #toomanylaughs
Reggie Jackson: Detroit, give a warm welcome from the cold D to @Tobias Harris. Welcome to the squad bro #Pistons #Detroitveverybody
Tobias Harris: God closes one door to open up another, though this is not the easiest time it’s part of life and part of the business of being a professional. I want to personally thank the fans for the support you’ve showed myself and teammates since the day that I got here. I want to thank the Devos Family, Alex Martins, Rob Hennigan, Coach Skiles and all of my teammates for all that they have done for myself and family they have been a pleasure to work with. I also want to personally thank the city of Orlando, one thing I will miss the most is the impact of helping others off the court and seeing our youth take steps to become successful. Thanks again guys for everything. God has a plan!! instagram.com/p/BB3Cv3NB4iq/
The Detroit Pistons have acquired Tobias Harris from the Orlando Magic in exchange for Brandon Jennings and Ersan Ilyasova, a source told ESPN’s Chris Broussard on Tuesday.
Sam Amick: No other pieces in deal, I’m told. Pistons-Magic finalizing deal to send Brandon Jennings & Ersan Ilyasova to Orlando & Tobias Harris to Det
Marc Stein: Regarding his looming trade to Detroit, Tobias Harris tells ESPN’s Chris Broussard: “I’m ready to make the playoffs.”
Steve Kyler: The Magic had discussed Harris based deals with a few teams, were holding out some hope for a deal with Clips. twitter.com/kylexcited/sta…
Sam Amick: The talks were reported by @Michael Scotto. Nothing done, but seeming likely at this point.
Marc J. Spears: Pistons finalizing deal to send Tobias Harris from Magic for Brandon Jennings & Ersan Ilyasova, source told Yahoo. @Michael Scotto reported 1st
Chris Broussard: Source: Orlando trades Tobias Harris to Detroit for Brandon Jennings @ Ersan Ilyasova
Frank Isola: FYI: Scott Skiles coached both Brandon Jennings and Ersan Ilyasova in Milwaukee.
The youth-laden Magic have made it known they are in the market for veterans as they continue to slide out of playoff contention. Sources say Orlando has been willing to discuss the prospect of moving some of its more familiar names, including former No. 2 overall pick Victor Oladipo and the recently re-signed Tobias Harris.
Justin Pinotti: You mentioned no Zach LaVine for Tobias Harris. Think Wolves would have interest in him for something else? Good PF fit potentially IMO. – Darren Wolfson: Told Tobias Harris isn’t that available. You’d have to blow them away. #Twolves aren’t moving Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins, Zach LaVine.
The Magic were one of several teams to try and engage with the Los Angeles Clippers on a Blake Griffin deal. Sources close to the situation say the conversation didn’t get incredibly far, but there was a serious conversation believed to be centered around three Magic players heading to L.A. – with Tobias Harris being the big salary in the deal.
Marc Stein: Monday morning trade scuttle: Orlando isn’t outright shopping Tobias Harris, but word is the Magic aren’t discouraging offers for him either
Steve Kyler: The Magic are not closed to anything, but moving a core piece has to return real value. Team has cratered. twitter.com/debswim2010/st…
Steve Kyler: There is no one on the Magic roster thats untouchable, its all about who can return the most value to the Magic. twitter.com/debswim2010/st…
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Chris Haynes: Golden State Warriors forward Otto Porter Jr. (foot) is not expected to play tonight in Game 5 against the Dallas Mavericks, league sources tell @YahooSports.
Michael Singer: Have heard two names who could be joining Tim Connelly in Minnesota, per sources: Darrell Arthur and Dell Demps. Arthur recently started working for the #Nuggets, and Demps gave Connelly one of his first breaks in New Orleans. Both are very close with Connelly.
League sources say the Grizzlies have already signaled to agents that their pick at No. 47 will almost certainly be on a two-way, if it’s a domestic player at all, because there is just no room left to roster another player.
The Minnesota Timberwolves have been named to the list of the Top 25 Most Innovative Teams in The World for 2022, as announced by Sports Innovation Lab. As part, the team ranks 11th overall and 4th across all U.S. professional sports teams behind just the Philadelphia 76ers (5th), Atlanta Braves (7th) and Dallas Mavericks (9th). In total, the U.S. list included nine NBA teams, three MLB teams, two NFL teams and one NHL team. This is the first time the Timberwolves have been named to this prestigious list.
Clutch Points: LeBron James stops by at the I Promise School and the kid’s reactions are priceless 😍 pic.twitter.com/NCBW54NpTb
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And the Rivers rumors? Seems the players, and perhaps general manager Rob Pelinka, too, would rather see an experienced, win-now coach on the sidelines. “If LeBron could pick,” the executive said, “it’s pretty certain he’d pick Doc.” The exec was quick to point out that the Lakers had hoed to be united on the coaching front, considering their last foray into a coaching hire, in 2019, was bungled. The team pursued Ty Lue then but would not meet his contract request, and lost out on Monty Williams to Phoenix almost at the same time. Recently fired coach Frank Vogel was the Lakers’ third choice.
Most of the front office, it seems, has zeroed in on Darvin Ham, with former head coaches Terry Stotts (Portland) and Kenny Atkinson (Brooklyn) also in the mix. Ham was briefly an assistant with the Lakers, and according to league sources, he is the favorite of the Phil Jackson-Kurt Rambis layer of Lakers decision-makers. “I think those guys want a young coach they can mold a little bit,” one Western Conference executive told Heavy.com. “I do not think Darvin is a pushover by any means. I just think that they want a guy they can point in the direction they want to go, more traditional basketball, using Russell Westbrook a certain way.”