People in Toronto went to bed on Tuesday feeling pretty good. The Raptors had just beaten the Sixers convincingly on the road, their third win in four games. That kept Toronto within 1.5 games of the Bucks in the East and ran Philadelphia’s record against the top teams in the East down to 1-6. Not great for a team Toronto could potentially see in the second round of the playoffs.
But at about 3 a.m. Wednesday morning, a nightmare of a transaction went down. Nightmare, at least, if you’re a Raptors employee hoping to fulfill the organization’s yearlong objective: Keeping forward Kawhi Leonard, a free agent this summer, in place.
The Sixers made a bold trade, acquiring Clippers star Tobias Harris to bolster its starting five, which had been lacking at power forward for most of the season, and had recently lost Wilson Chandler for a few weeks to a quad injury.