Doc Rivers jokes about what Clippers will do to Tobias Harris in first game against former team
Philadelphia 76ers small forward Tobias Harris faces off against Doc Rivers and the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday for the first time since the Clips traded the talented forward to the Sixers last season.
Harris turned down an $80 million extension offer from the Clippers because he wanted to bet on himself. The gamble paid off, as Harris signed the richest deal in Sixers history this past summer. The swingman signed a five-year, $180 million contract with the Philly franchise.
Rivers has no hard feelings towards Harris, saying he was great for LA. He added that the team is going to “trap the [heck] out of him” on Tuesday, via Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer:
“His ability to score, he was great for us,” the Clippers coach said. “We got him rebounding, as well, a little bit more with us. We got him off the dribble, as well. But he just fits.
“He’s one of the guys that he can probably fit in anybody’s offense. He knows how to fit in. And he did great for us.”
Harris is averaging 19.1 points and 6.6 rebounds per game for the Sixers this season. He’s also shooting 47.3 percent from the field, 36.7 percent from beyond the arc and 80.2 percent from the free-throw line.
The Sixers are 33-21 on the season, while the Clippers are 37-16. It should be a good, competitive game in Philly.