The Philadelphia 76ers reportedly sought a king’s ransom from the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for star forward Tobias Harris.
According to a report from Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer, the Cavs, Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks, Utah Jazz, Indiana Pacers and Detroit Pistons are among the clubs who’ve called Philadelphia about Harris.
Citing sources, Pompey reports that the 76ers wanted the “outrageous” return of Evan Mobley, Jarrett Allen and a draft selection from the Cavaliers:
“Last week, sources told The Inquirer the Sixers are overvaluing Harris and asking for “outrageous packages in return.” That goes in line with what a source said the Sixers told the Cavs what it would take days before the draft: A package of Jarrett Allen, Evan Mobley, and a draft pick.
There’s no way the Cavs would consider making that deal, and the Sixers knew it.”
The soon-to-be 31-year-old Harris is a consistent scorer who can put up around 15 points per game, but that’s definitely an unrealistic asking price. Even if the Cavs did a one-for-one swap and gave away only Mobley, that would be a lopsided trade in Philly’s return.
The No. 2 selection of the 2021 NBA Draft is a foundational piece on the Cavaliers’ promising young core. This past season, Mobley averaged 16.2 points, nine rebounds and 2.8 assists per game to help Cleveland lock down its first playoff berth in the post-LeBron James era.
As well, Allen (he turned 25 in April) is six years younger than Harris. Allen was also a mainstay on the Cavs’ roster, averaging 14.3 points, 9.8 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game.
A shake-up is inevitable for the 76ers, who may soon lose James Harden in free agency. Given all the interest Harris has garnered, it also appears to only be a matter of time until the 76ers part ways with him as well.
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