3. 76ers dump Tobias Harris in San Antonio to save $25.5 million
The Spurs won the lottery and will select Victor Wembanyama on June 22. The 7’4 big man is the most-hyped prospect since LeBron James and has San Antonio ready to exit their rebuild. They need more talent around the teenage prodigy to become true contenders, but the Spurs have plenty of cap space.
San Antonio could even create a bit more after making this trade if they wanted to further upgrade their roster. The Spurs need a point guard, and they figure to have interest in some of the top names on the market this summer.
The 76ers would have roughly $33.5 million in cap space after this move if James Harden departs in free agency. McDermott gives them a bench sharpshooter to space the floor, and they should certainly be able to create plenty of open looks for him with Joel Embiid commanding so much attention in the middle.
It feels like this trade keeps the Philadelphia 76ers just a bit too far away from contention. They could add a handful of players in free agency, but not enough to offset losing Harden, Harris, and a first-round draft pick. The Sixers must get more in return for Tobias Harris if they are going to trade him this summer.