Tobias Harris, who re-signed with the Magic for a four-year deal worth $64MM, does not fear he will press and try too hard to justify his new contract, Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel writes. Harris also wants to be the team’s leader, Schmitz adds.
“It doesn’t change me or my game. I don’t play the game just for the paycheck. I play for the love and the love of winning,” Harris told Schmitz. “When I signed my deal, the next day I was back in the gym, working just as hard. It’s no time to go out and celebrate crazy. I’m blessed enough to be in this position. It drives me. It just shows me if you want another one, you have to work twice as hard.”
Here’s more on the Magic and the Eastern Conference:
- Shabazz Napier, whom the Magic acquired in a trade with the Heat, believes that contrary to what he initially heard, his new teammates have a “winning mentality,” Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel relays.
- Amir Johnson, whom the Celtics signed to a two-year deal worth $24MM, has already impressed Boston coach Brad Stevens because of his versatility, Chris Forsberg of ESPN.com writes. That’s a good sign for Johnson, in terms of minutes, because the Celtics have a logjam at the power forward position, Forsberg adds.
- Speaking of the Celtics, the team needs to find another reliable, high-impact scorer besides Isaiah Thomas, opines A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE.com. The Celtics were the only team in the playoffs last year whose No. 2 scorer (Avery Bradley) averaged less than 14 points per game, Blakely points out.