Why do the Sixers do this?
Sixers are in desperate need for solid forwards now that their only reliable one in Danny Green is likely injured for all of next year. Trading Thybulle and Paul Reed for PJ Washington makes a lot of sense, he has some underrated help defense especially around the rim, can rebound a bit and can shoot decently (not high volume like Danny Green though).
Sign Drummond for a vet min since their backup Reed is traded here. Why would Drummond take a minimum and return to Philadelphia? He seemed to love the team and gel with them unlike he did with the Lakers or the Nets all season, and even for the Nets they couldn't afford to play him in the playoffs even against a big team like the Celtics, so there's a chance they don't pursue him in FA over their current FAs like Claxton
Sign Cody Martin for a 2 year deal using the MLE. Cody Martin's a good defensive wing, whose been a decent shooter on very low volume. You get him on the cheap, and bank on the upside and hope he improves to a more reliable higher volume shooter
Get Morris for what's essentially free. Taking on Morris does have a BIG cap hit and luxury tax implications, which the ownership won't want to pay for, but he'd be coming off the bench as a good veteran (whose a lot worse on defense last year), but can still shoot and create his offense a bit. He is 32, but Philly NEEDS a tough guy like Joel stated in the post game after the Game 6 loss to the Heat. Mook is also a Philly boy so an added plus!
Why do the Hornets do this?
It's no secret that they were shopping PJ around the trade deadline (per Shams Charania), because they were hesitant to pay for PJ considering the likely max deal Bridges is about to command, as long as extensions for their other guys (on top of already big contracts of Rozier, Hayward etc). They had THE worst defense of any team to make the play-in (Hawks may have been lower, but they were better with Clint actually healthy). Matisse Thybulle just made his 2nd straight all defense team, who showed to play very well off Harden so in an offense like Charlotte, where he'd get to play off Lamelo ball around a non-post centric scheme would bode well for him. He also gets an absurd number of steals, so a lot of highlight plays and synergy with their young athletic guys.
Hornets get Paul Reed, a cheap young center who crushed it in the g-league and was horribly underused by Doc Rivers, but had some great moments for the 76ers down the stretch and in the playoffs (held his own playing with arguably the worst bench across any playoff team). He's flashed a ton of upside, which I think could flourish on a team without a true center like the Hornets. It's likely that the Hornets draft a big man in the draft, and you can split minutes between their rookie and Paul Reed for the first season. He's a high upside throw in to trade to incentivize it.
Why do the Clippers do this?
Ballmer is very rich, but I'm not sure if even he can stomach the Luxury Tax bill they're about to get since they resigned Covington. Their current FAs are Batum (has a PO for 3M, could easily get more), Hartenstein (played very well in the LAC bench lineups) and they just recently resigned Roco whose contract was updated here. When healthy, they'll have Reggie/PG13/Kawhi/Batum or Roco/Zubac with a bench of Powell/Roco or Batum/Mann/Coffey/Hartenstein, so they're loaded even without Morris, and this would give them a chance to develop their cheaper contract guys which they need to do.
Danny Green is an expiring non guaranteed contract, he won't be able to play for most of next year but they can cut him for a lot of luxury tax relief. Korkmaz is another guard who has size, but very streaky. On this team he'd just be a third string guard on a cheap deal that could be nice to match salaries
Clippers may need extra compensation to do this, but I think that's the only meh part I feel about in this trade
What do you guys think! Any discussion is appreciated!