Report: Sixers’ Tobias Harris planning to conduct meetings on both coasts as free agency opens
Per Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News, the Sixers forward is already planning to set up meetings both on the East Coast and West Coast, and he is looking for a max deal:
With free agency starting in just one week, Tobias Harris is planning to conduct meetings on both coasts, according to a source — the East coast on June 30 and the West coast on July 1. The Long Island product is in line for a max deal.
— Stefan Bondy (@SBondyNYDN) June 23, 2019
Philly has said it intends to keep Harris and fellow free agent Jimmy Butler at all costs, though recent reports suggest Butler is a higher priority. If the Sixers want to keep Harris, they will have to go to great lengths to retain the 6-foot-9 forward.
Most discussions about Harris argue whether he is deserving of a max deal or not. The 26-year-old’s versatility with his ability to handle the ball, create his own shot, and also play off the ball is certainly something that most teams desire. However, many experts question whether he could be the top star or even a No. 2 option on a legitimate championship team.
Harris has shown constant improvement to his game ever since he entered the league in 2011. This season, Harris averaged a career high in points with 20.0 PPG while also shooting a career-best 48.7 percent from the field.
The eight-year veteran was well on his way to finishing a strong season with the LA Clippers before the Sixers made the move to acquire his services at the trade deadline.
Harris’ production and efficiency dipped in the postseason. However, it seems like teams are still willing to give him his payday with a max deal, despite his playoff struggles.