76ers window to win a championship ‘is now,’ GM Elton Brand says

The 76ers think they have a chance to compete for a title.

The 76ers surprisingly acquired forward Tobias Harris from the Clippers before the trade deadline. He’ll combine with Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, Jimmy Butler and JJ Redick to form one of the best starting lineups in the NBA.

General manager Elton Brand said this weekend the 76ers upgraded their roster because they believe their championship “window is now.”

“Joel Embiid, seeing his growth. Ben Simmons, seeing his growth,” Brand said, via NBC Sports Philadelphia. “They’ve rapidly improved over the past season. The window is now. Our opportunity is now.

“So, once I saw that window, we discussed taking a shot at it now, because who knows how long this window is going to be open.”

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Harris has averaged 18 points and seven rebounds through his first two games with the 76ers, both wins. Philadelphia topped the Lakers 143-120 on Sunday.

The 76ers will enter their matchup Tuesday against the Celtics with a 36-20 record. They’re in fourth place of the Eastern Conference standings.

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