Sixers’ Tobias Harris Linked To 5 Free Agency Suitors

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Tobias Harris played out his five-year, $180 million contract, which he signed with the Philadelphia 76ers in July 2019. He’s set to reach NBA free agency with a strong chance of joining a new team for the first time after being traded by the LA Clippers in 2018-19.

According to Chris Haynes of Bleacher Report, Harris is expected to draw interest from the San Antonio Spurs, Detroit Pistons, Utah Jazz, New Orleans Pelicans, and Dallas Mavericks.

Harris sometimes had frustrations with his role in the Sixers’ offense during his time with the team, with top players like Joel Embiid and Tyrese Maxey being top options. Even after James Harden‘s departure, Harris’s involvement still had ups and downs.

Last season, Harris averaged 17.2 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 3.1 assists while shooting 48.7% from the floor, 35.3% from beyond the arc, and 87.8% from the free throw line. During the regular season, his most frequent play types were a combination of spot-up (20.1%), transition (18.8%), post-up (12.8%), pick-and-roll ball handler (11.8%), and isolation (11.0%).

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If contending for a championship is Harris’ goal for next season, the clearest option may be the Mavericks among those five teams, given they are coming off a run to the NBA Finals before losing 4-1 in the series to the Boston Celtics. However, if the Mavs want to retain impending free agent Derrick Jones Jr., they may need to open up the non-taxpayer mid-level exception by trimming salary with a trad reducing Tim Hardaway Jr.’s soon-to-be expiring contract.

The challenge for the Mavericks as a landing spot for Harris would naturally be whether Harris feels he’d get enough touches playing next to Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving. The team already has P.J. Washington as a long-term option at the starting power forward slot and two paint-oriented bigs in Daniel Gafford and Dereck Lively II.

The Spurs, Pistons, and Jazz are still rebuilding while already having top offensive options to feature as focal points. Depending on how aggressive either of those teams wants to get with roster improvement, would Harris be part of a quick turnaround?

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For the Pelicans, reporting continues to suggest Brandon Ingram could be traded this summer to continue to build around Zion Williamson. While Harris can fill the three spots, he’d be playing next to a star player who does mix in post touches, cutting, and filling the dunker spot while the team has a traditional big on the court. That may not be an ideal landing spot unless New Orleans wants to feature Harris in the second unit heavily or acquires a stretch five.

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