The Sixers are all-in.
And then some.
While you were sleeping, the Sixers on Wednesday morning made a blockbuster deal before sunrise.
The Sixers acquired Tobias Harris from the Los Angeles Clippers in a six-player trade that also involves draft picks.
The team officially announced the deal Wednesday afternoon.
Here’s it is:
• The Sixers get: forward Tobias Harris, center Boban Marjanovic and power forward Mike Scott.
• The Clippers get: Landry Shamet, Mike Muscala, Wilson Chandler, a 2020 lottery-protected first-round pick, a 2021 unprotected first-round pick (via Miami), and a pair of second-round picks (2021 and 2023, via Detroit).
The 26-year-old Harris joins Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, Jimmy Butler and JJ Redick to give the Sixers a star-studded starting lineup.
“We are in the unique position to contend now and we think this trade positions us well for the postseason,” general manager Elton Brand said in a statement released by the team. “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.”
The 6-foot-9, 235-pound Harris is a four who can score from almost anywhere — he’s a threat from 3, from mid-range and driving to the basket. He averaging 20.9 points this season and shooting 43.4 percent from 3 while also grabbing 7.9 rebounds. Those are all career-highs for the eight-year veteran, who was drafted out of Tennessee by the Charlotte Bobcats in 2011 with the 19th overall pick and then traded to the Milwaukee Bucks in a draft-night deal.
Harris along with Butler and Redick are scheduled to become free agents after the season, as are Marjanovic and Scott, but per ESPN Adrian Wojnarowski, who first reported the deal at 2:17 a.m., the Sixers are already “budgeting” to keep their new big four intact.
But that’s for later.
Now Harris is a 76er. About an hour after Wojnarowski’s tweet, Harris tweeted a clip from the opening of “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.” He gives the Sixers a starting lineup that rivals any in the league — let’s say second to the Warriors’? — but they certainly paid for it.
It certainly hurts to lose Shamet, who has been the Sixers’ top rookie. He’s quickly learning Redick’s role and been earning significant minutes off the bench. They also lost assets by giving up the picks — the key one being Miami’s 2021 unprotected selection.
But as Brett Brown famously said when acquiring it in the Mikal Bridges deal, the Sixers were going star-hunting.
But Brown’s bench still needs bolstering.
Don’t be surprised if Corey Brewer returns — the Sixers recently declined to bring him back after his second 10-day contract expired — and it’s been widely speculated that they will add Knicks guard/forward Wesley Matthews in the buyout market. Magic guard/forward Terrence Ross is another name being floated around.
As for the current bench, let’s start with the new guys.
The 7-foot-3 Marjanovic will back up Embiid. Marjanovic, a four-year vet, is averaging 6.9 points and 4.3 rebounds in 10.7 minutes. Scott played 14.4 minutes a game for the Clips and averaged 4.8 points and 3.3 rebounds. The seven-year vet also can hit a 3 — he shot 39.1 percent from deep in 2.6 attempts per game.
As for who’s left, T.J. McConnell and Amir Johnson are the most experienced. Jonah Bolden, Furkan Korzmaz and Shake Milton will see increased minutes. Bolden has been one of the recent bright spots off the bench.
Big man Justin Patton, acquired in the Butler trade, has recovered from his foot injury and just started playing for the Blue Coats in the G-league. Zhaire Smith would be a big boost. He recently started working out with the Blue Coats.
And then there’s Markelle Fultz. When and if he plays again — especially for the Sixers — remains to be seen. He could be dealt as the Sixers add depth.
After the major deal overnight, the Sixers made a minor trade later Wednesday the afternoon by acquiring wing Malachi Richardson from the Toronto Raptors for cash. The Sixers also received Toronto’s second-round pick in 2022 and the draft rights to Emir Preldzic.
Richardson, 23, has played 22 games with Toronto this season — averaging 1.4 points in 4.7 minutes a game — and a dozen with its G-League affiliate. Drafted by Charlotte 22nd overall by in 2016, the Syracuse product has played in 70 NBA games, averaging 2.8 points in 8.9 minutes.