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Sixers star Tobias Harris excited for bigger role after Jimmy Butler’s departure

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With Jimmy Butler gone, Tobias Harris’ usage rate and role in the Sixers’ offense is going to increase, something the talented swingman is looking forward to.

The Sixers re-signed Harris to a lucrative five-year, $180 million deal. Joel Embiid is the best player in Philly and Ben Simmons will have the ball in his hands the most, but Harris will have to be a lethal and steady scorer for the Sixers all season long now that Butler is in South Beach on the Miami Heat.

Harris isn’t running away from that challenge by any means.

“I’m looking forward to that a whole lot,” Harris said of his increased role, via Tim Bontemps of ESPN. “I know last year when you come over from a trade and it’s a different talent level in the group, obviously you have to sacrifice for the unit. But I know my game and I know how I continue to improve year after year.

“I can come into next year with that kind of energy, that kind of fire to improve my game and show different parts of my game, too. Obviously I’ll have the ball in my hands in more different situations and I’m ready for that. I’ve been working out all summer to get ready for that.”

Tobias Harris averaged 18.2 points in 27 regular season games with the Sixers in 2018-19. Butler was the closer for Philly late in games. Harris will have to step into that role at times in 2019-20, especially when Embiid gets double-teamed in the post.

Philly had a good offseason. They signed All-Star big man Al Horford in free agency and acquired combo guard Josh Richardson in the sign-and-trade deal with the Heat.