Tobias Harris was the only one of the two max-eligible stars to decide to re-sign with the Philadelphia 76ers, as Jimmy Butler quickly made it known he wanted to land with the Miami Heat. Harris netted a nice $180 million bag for his troubles, and he wanted to give a shoutout to his father, Torrel Harris, who also represents him as an agent:
S/o to these two right here!!!!! People thought I was crazy when I hired my pops to be my agent. But I know one thing for sure, this guy has my back and wants the absolute best for ME! Way to get the job done Dad & Charlie 🙏🏽 #SupportYourOwn #BlackBusiness #UniqueSportsManagement pic.twitter.com/moNtXGJLMg
— Tobias Harris (@tobias31) July 1, 2019
Many around NBA circles would say that family and business don’t mix. That is true in most cases, but not in this one.
Harris’ career arc has spoken for itself — a 19th overall pick in 2011 who carved his way out of Milwaukee after being buried in the rotation. His three and a half years with the Orlando Magic put him on the map, later traded to the Detroit Pistons, where he surged as a reliable scoring option.
Consequently traded to the LA Clippers, Harris had the chance to re-sign with them last summer on a four-year, $80 million offer, but the soon-to-be free agent turned it down, betting on himself and a booming market that could see him get paid in bunches.
Only a year later and less than six months after the trade that sent him to the City of Brotherly Love, Harris signed for $100 million more — $10 million less than the max, which allowed for some cap flexibility to bring in free-agent big man Al Horford.
It’s likely Harris slides into Butler’s small forward role, one that will allow him to take advantage of matchups and make use of his much-improved shooting ability.
Torrel, who owns Unique Sports Management, only represents his sons, Tobias, Terry and Tyler.