Sixers’ Tobias Harris admits Nets ‘pulled their interest’ in him after landing Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant
Before Tobias Harris signed a five-year, $109 million deal to remain with the Philadelphia 76ers, he was receiving interest from a lot of teams, including the Brooklyn Nets. The 10-year veteran had an impressive 2018-19 season with the Sixers, which is the main reason why he was seen as one of the biggest free agents this summer.
According to Marc Berman of the New York Post, Harris said that the Nets were interested in him. However, Brooklyn immediately shifted their focus away from the sharp-shooting forward when they were able to acquire All-Stars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.
Harris was probably one of the Nets’ backup plans in case they missed out on their top targets. After all, there were a lot of rumors that KD and Kyrie were on their way to sign with the New York Knicks. But when Brooklyn was assured that the two superstars were joining their team, they no longer had to go after and wait for Tobias’ decision.
It is also unlikely that Harris would settle for anything less than a max contract, which made his signing to the Nets unlikely.
At the end of the day, both Harris and Brooklyn got what they wanted in free agency, and they will surely have a lot of great battles next season, especially since both the Sixers and Nets are expected to be powerhouses in the Eastern Conference.