Tobias Harris says getting lucrative deal from Philadelphia ‘was just a relief’
Philadelphia 76ers star Tobias Harris came out with one of the most lucrative deals in what has been a crazy offseason in the NBA. This came to the tune of a five-year, $180 million deal, which according to Harris himself, came as an absolute relief more than anything else.
“Oh yeah, it was probably the minute that I went with it. Like, it was an awesome feeling, one I’ll never forget,” said Harris, via Rich Hoffman of The Athletic. “I guess going into free agency, you’re still just a little nervous because you don’t know everything that can go on and happen. It was just a relief.”
Prior to signing the big-money deal, there was a bit of doubt on whether or not the Sixers were going to offer the extension to Harris. Jimmy Butler, himself also an unrestricted free agent, was the other candidate for a new deal from Philadelphia, and the general assumption was that the Sixers could not afford both guys. Fortunately for Harris, the Sixers front office opted to prioritize him over Butler, who they eventually traded to the Miami Heat.
Last season, Tobias Harris averaged 18.2 points (on 46.9 percent shooting), 7.9 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 0.4 steals, and 0.5 blocks in 35.0 minutes per contest, while also draining 1.6 three-pointers per game on a 32.6-percent clip. More of the same will be expected from him in the coming season, with the Sixers now being touted as one of the favorites to challenge the Milwaukee Bucks for the Eastern Conference title.