Despite entering the postseason with the best record in the Eastern Conference, the Philadelphia 76ers are now couch-bound. The Phoenix Suns, Los Angeles Clippers, Milwaukee Bucks, and Atlanta Hawks continue to pursue the 2021 NBA Finals. With the upstart Hawks taking down the top-seeded 76ers in the East semifinals by winning Game 7 in Philadelphia, the Sixers may now be forced to remake their roster. The future of veteran forward Tobias Harris currently hangs in the balance.
Although All-Star point guard Ben Simmons remains at the forefront of the Sixers’ collapse, Harris may also be forced out of town as Philadelphia as the team attempts to rebound come 2021-22. However, unlike Simmons, Harris might have very well upped his trade stock this postseason as the longtime NBA swingman can no doubt help a contending team moving forward.
While it remains to be seen as to whether or not the Sixers ultimately choose to move Harris this offseason, the New York Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers, and Golden State Warriors, among several other franchises, should all at least put in a call to Philadelphia to see if a deal can be reached.
New York Knicks
The New York Knicks, a team that had been far from good for far too long heading into the 2020-21 campaign, were the surprise of the year in the NBA. With quite literally no one from the NBA landscape expecting anything from the Knicks this past season, New York shocked the world, becoming the no. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference and even winning a playoff game at the world-famous Madison Square Garden. Although this doesn’t seem like much, it surely is for a franchise that was in the cellar of the Eastern Conference for nearly a decade. Can Tobias Harris help this team to take the next step?
With head coach Tom Thibodeau leading a young, talented Knicks team into 2021-22, New York would absolutely benefit from adding an additional piece or two, namely of the veteran variety. Thanks to the fact that the Knicks have a slew of future NBA Draft picks at their disposal, New York can work both the free agent and trade markets this offseason.