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The Philadelphia 76ers pulled off the biggest trade of the deadline so far when they acquired Tobias Harris, Boban Marjanovic and Mike Scott from the Los Angeles Clippers. Harris joins a Philadelphia roster that was already ​competing for the No. 1 seed in the East behind Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons and Jimmy Butler.


The deal takes the Sixers from a Big 3 to a Big 4, with arguably the best starting five in the East, following the trade.

This trade even works out roster-wise as each piece of that "Big 4" plays at a different position and with a distinctly different style. Harris should fit into the 76ers' lineup without a hitch. 


However, according to ​FanDuel Sportsbooktheir odds to win the East have only improved ever-so slightly from +440 on Jan. 23, 2018, to +350 following the trade.

Amazingly, the 76ers' odds to win the NBA Finals were +1600 before adding Harris, Boban and Scott, and they're +1600 after, according to ​FanDuel Sportsbook.

So this trade doesn't actually bring the 76ers any closer to a championship – at least, according to some oddsmakers. The fact that those odds didn't move shows just how dominant the ​Golden State Warriors and the Western Conference are.

But 76ers fans can also take solace in the fact that this trade may have hurt one of their biggest rivals, the Boston Celtics, as well.

It looks like this trade is nothing but good news for the 76ers, as they've now surely positioned themselves as the team to beat in the Eastern Conference.

Could this be the final move of The Process? With all of the assets the 76ers gave up – guard Landry Shamet, forwards Wilson Chandler and Mike Muscala, a 2020 first-round pick, a 2021 unprotected first-round pick via Miami, and a 2021 and 2023 second-round pick – their fans can only hope it pays off and at least leads to an NBA Finals appearance.


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