Report: Tobias Harris has multiple suitors ahead of free agency
Philadelphia 76ers forward Tobias Harris had one of his best seasons as a pro this season, so it’s no surprise his quality skill set will be valued among teams in the off-season.
According to Keith Pompey of Philly.com, Harris reportedly has multiple teams interested in signing him when he becomes an unrestricted free agent this summer. Free agency recruitment starts on June 30 at 6 p.m. Teams are able to negotiate deals with players but aren’t allowed to officially sign them during this period.
The Dallas Mavericks, Utah Jazz, Sacramento Kings, Indiana Pacers and Brooklyn Nets are all expected to pursue Harris in free agency, according to Pompey. Each of these teams can offer Harris a max contract.
When the Sixers acquired Harris at the trade deadline in February, general manager Elton Brand said the Sixers could sign Harris and free agents Jimmy Butler and JJ Redick in the summer. He said he wanted to maintain the Sixers’ starters of Harris, Redick, Butler, Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid.
Butler will likely command a max contract. During the Sixers’ exit interviews, Butler said that he expects to get a max contract with any team he chooses. The Sixers can offer him a five-year deal worth $188 million.
With Harris having a good season, though, he also can legitimately command a max contract from different teams around the league. Harris moves well without the ball, and he is a good shooter as well.
This season, he averaged a career-high 20.0 points per game; this includes his stint with the Los Angeles Clippers to begin the season. Harris also shot 39.7 percent from the three-point line, the second-highest 3-point percentage of his career.