Free agent Tobias Harris plans to sign a five-year, $180M deal to return to Philadelphia, his agent and father of Torrel Harris of Unique Sports Management International (https://t.co/gcG6cfC4JG) tells @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 30, 2019
The Sixers were able to acquire Harris from the Los Angeles Clippers in a trade, and the veteran forward has been a major addition to the team. He averaged 18.2 points, 7.9 rebounds, and 2.9 assists for Philly, helping them secure the third best record in the East and a second-round finish in the playoffs.
With Jimmy Butler's imminent departure, the Sixers are moving quickly to make sure that they retain most of last season's core. Aside from re-signing Harris, they have also began negotiating the contract extension of All-Star guard Ben Simmons. Philly has no plans of giving up their title hopes next season, so expect them to make additional moves during free agency.
Harris' long-term commitment to the Sixers means that he will be the team's second or third option on offense. Philly still believes that the future is bright as long as they have Joel Embiid and Simmons, but they will have to find a way to make good use of their remaining cap space in order to find mid-tier free agents that will be an asset to the team moving forward.
‘The Process' continues for the Sixers, and it won't stop until they win championships. Losing Butler will definitely be a blow to their hopes for next season, but if Embiid and Simmons can finally take the next step and become legitimate game-changing superstars, they will remain in the title hunt for the years to come.
Of course, Harris will now play a bigger role in terms of making the team's masterplan happen.