RUMOR: Nets, Tobias Harris ‘have mutual free agent interest’
The Brooklyn Nets are going to have a ton of cap space to sign free agents this summer, and a born-and-raised New Yorker may be on their radar. According to Michael Scotto of The Athletic, the Nets and Tobias Harris have a ‘mutual interest’ in each other in free agency.
Harris, who was born in Islip, N.Y., split the 2018-19 campaign between the Los Angeles Clippers and Philadelphia 76ers. He played in all 82 games and averaged 20 points, 7.9 rebounds and 2.8 assists over 34.7 minutes per game while shooting 48.7 percent from the floor, 39.7 percent from 3-point range and 86.6 percent from the free-throw line.
The 26-year-old began the year with the Clippers, but was dealt to the Sixers at the trade deadline.
Harris played his collegiate basketball at the University of Tennessee and was originally selected by the Charlotte Bobcats in the first round (19th pick overall) of the 2011 NBA Draft. However, he was immediately traded to the Milwaukee Bucks.
He spent the first season-and-a-half of his career with the Bucks before being dealt to the Orlando Magic midway through the 2012-13 campaign. Harris then went on to reside in Orlando up until the midway point of the 2015-16 season when he was traded to the Detroit Pistons.
Then, after spending parts of three seasons with the Pistons, Harris was traded to the Clippers as part of a deal that sent Blake Griffin to Detroit.
Harris owns career averages of 15.4 points and six boards a night. This season marked the first time that he averaged 20 points per game in any individual campaign.