Atlantic Notes: Harris, West, Toppin, Celtics Moves

Sixers forward Tobias Harris knows that his expiring $39MM+ contract could be included in a blockbuster trade this offseason. Harris also knows that a segment of Philadelphia fans hopes that will happen. However, Harris doesn’t want to leave, Gina Mizell of the Philadelphia Inquirer writes.

“Casual Sixers fans, they’ll trade me for a Crumbl Cookie,” Harris said. “But at the end of the day, they have to realize that you’re not getting a 6-9 forward back who can damn near shoot 40 percent from 3, guard the other team’s best player, shoot, post up, drive and play 70-plus games a year. … I’m excited to come back, bring this group back, add a few pieces that help us out as a whole team and be ready to win.”

The Sixers forward is also hopeful James Harden will re-sign with the club. “There’s not many guys that can go out and drop 40 in a playoff game,” Harris said.

We have more from the Atlantic Division:

  • The Sixers are adding Doug West to Nick Nurse‘s coaching staff, Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer tweets. West was an assistant to Nurse with the G League’s Rio Grande Valley Vipers.
  • Obi Toppin‘s future with the Knicks seems cloudy and the New York Post’s Peter Botte speculates on potential landing spots for the backup power forward. Botte lists the Pacers, Clippers, Kings and Hawks among the potential trade partners for Toppin, who is eligible for a rookie scale extension this offseason.
  • With the addition of Kristaps Porzingis, the Celtics can now address potential depth issues at forward and guard, Jared Weiss of The Athletic writes. They might address those needs via a sign-and-trade involving restricted free agent Grant Williams. Any new additions will have to make up for the toughness and aggressiveness that Williams, if he leaves, and Marcus Smart brought to the table.
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