Tobias Harris Will Draw Plenty Of Interest In Free Agency

Tobias Harris bet on himself by turning down a four-year, $80MM contract extension from the Clippers last summer. That decision will pay off in the open market in July, as Shams Charania of The Athletic names several teams likely to show interest in the Sixers forward.

League executives expect the Grizzlies, Jazz, Mavericks and Nets to explore making a run at Harris, Charania hears. Harris has already indicated that he’d strongly consider remaining put, as he told Charania last month.

“It would be selfish of me to not come into this situation with an open mind to make this work for the long term,” he said. “That’s where my mindset is at. I’m a loyal guy to where I am, and if I feel that loyalty back, that is how I operate.”

Philadelphia, of course, can pay Harris more than any other team. He will be eligible to sign a five-year, $189.7MM contract with the Sixers or a four-year, $140.6MM deal with another franchise. Harris is averaging 17.6 PPG, 9.0 RPG and 4.2 APG thus far in the postseason.

The most surprising team on Charania’s list is the rebuilding Grizzlies, though adding Harris to a team with Mike Conley, Jaren Jackson Jr. and another high draft pick might be enough to get them back to the postseason.

Utah’s brass knows it has to make changes after another early-round exit. Adding Harris to a mix that already includes Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert would give the Jazz a much-needed offensive boost.

It’s no secret that the Mavericks want to add another big piece to complement Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis, while the Nets have plenty of cap space and want to bring in top-shelf free agents.

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13 thoughts on “Tobias Harris Will Draw Plenty Of Interest In Free Agency

  1. Z-A

    Cool story, except the Sixers are going to max out both Toby and Jimmy. They literally have no choice. Only one of them isnt enough to get out of the East. And if they only max 1 they have just 10M to play with in FA. Not going to get anyone.

    • x%sure

      So they are aiming for 4 maxes? Or give up on Ben Simmons next offseason? They should trade Simmons now if they sign both money FAs, or else we will hear all year long, >oh we’re going to keep all fourwhoops sorry we can’t<.

      • whodatcoon

        They literally said when they acquired Jimmy and Harris that they don’t care about the taxes and finances going forward, they want to win. Straight from the horses mouth.

        • x%sure

          It’s not just about the luxury taxes. Once you lose roster flexibility (players with tradeable salaries) you get locked down without enough help.

    • cjelepis

      I don’t think they “literally” have no other choice. They have lots of other choices. Maybe not the choice you want, but they “literally” have other choices.

      • Z-A

        Literally (Rob Lowe voice). This isn’t “my choice” I spelled out the other choice they have. There is basically 1 more choice… renounce everyone and pray you can lure KD or Kawhi… 1% chance of that happening is generous. Then they still have only ab 10M to play with… 4 horses, 3 horses, or just Ben and Embiid + role players.

  2. Stoop Down Low

    Kenny Atkinson and Tobias are from neighboring areas on Long Island and Kenny’s brother coached Tobias’ brother. The money obviously favors the Sixers, but the Nets may be in with a chance with their very stable organization and bright future. Philadelphia for all its talent still seems like an unsettled situation with Embiid being so injury prone and the ball-dominant Simmons unable to make a jump shot.

      • D$!LLKU$H-og

        Interesting logic. Nets were a 6th seed without any PF worth a crap and Sixers were the 3rd seed with Harris, Butler, Embiid, Simmons and Reddick, arguably the best starting lineup in the East. Trade Harris with idk Dudley and wouldn’t the teams be closer to 4 and 5 seeds?

  3. Isn’t he someone LeBron would love? Younger healthier Love? Could be one of their backups if they can’t land anyone else.

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