The Sixers have clearly been shopping Ben Simmons since the offseason, but a new report suggests Tobias Harris may be on the market as well.
As free agency approaches, teams around the league try to broker deals to improve their rosters. The Sixers are no exception. We know that the 76ers are shopping Ben Simmons, but they are reportedly listening to offers on Tobias Harris.
The Philadelphia 76ers have apparently had talks with the Houston Rockets involving Tobias Harris, and whatever the Sixers offered, the Rockets declined. With the Rockets being one of the worst teams in the league last year, it is hard to see who the Sixers could be interested in.
One deal that could make sense would include the Sixers sending Tobias Harris for SG Eric Gordon and PF Christian Wood.
Both would provide shooting and spacing for Joel Embiid but not as much self-creation. Gordon isn’t the most exciting name, and his contract isn’t exactly “team-friendly,” but he’s still a solid NBA player who could contribute to a competitive Sixers team.
Christian Wood, meanwhile, would be the prize of the deal. Wood is similar to Harris in the sense that he is a floor-stretching power forward, but he’s a far better rebounder and is a higher-volume shooter, two attributes that could certainly help the Sixers.
Another package could have been centered around PG John Wall and future draft compensation, with the Sixers adding a player to match salary.
Now many will be quick to shut down any talks of John Wall, but he was better than solid in his first year back after Achilles surgery. Wall can score, defend, and facilitate; he would also be bringing the Sixers two more draft picks that could help the team land another star. Perhaps a John Wall/Bradley Beal reunion is in order?
Tobias Harris‘ value may be at an all-time high, so fans shouldn’t be surprised if the Sixers are truly shopping him. Ultimately, Harris’ fit with Embiid while playing PF full time has been successful, and the front office should focus on getting players that fit better with Embiid and Harris from a Ben Simmons trade.