Sixers’ Tobias Harris says style of play, culture and a chance to win are his priorities in free agency
Philadelphia Sixers forward Tobias Harris is now a free agent after the 76ers lost to the Toronto Raptors in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
The Sixers acquired Harris in a trade with the Clippers back in February, and he immediately helped the team become legitimate contenders in the East. Their shortcomings in the playoffs should be enough motivation for him to return, but the veteran forward has made it clear that he will explore his options this summer.
"Style of play is a huge thing. Culture, a chance to be able to win," Harris says of some of his free agency priorities. "But I haven't given much thought to that."
— Kyle Neubeck (@KyleNeubeck) May 13, 2019
Tobias Harris averaged 18.2 points and 7.9 rebounds this season while shooting 46 percent from the field. He will most likely command a max contract or something close to it, and he’s expected to get a lot of suitors this summer.
Several teams will have enough cap space to bring in one or two top-tier free agents this July, and while Tobias Harris isn’t considered to be in the same realm as fellow soon-to-be free agents Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and Kawhi Leonard, he’s still one of the best players in this year’s class.
The New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets, Los Angeles Lakers, and Harris’s former team, the Los Angeles Clippers, might be interested in bringing him in. Depending on what happens with Durant, Klay Thompson, and DeMarcus Cousins, the Golden State Warriors might also join the teams who will try to get the sharpshooting forward’s services.
Of course, the best option for Harris will be to remain with the Sixers. They already have the talent and the system to compete for championships over the next few years. If he decides to go elsewhere, he will make sure that he will continue to have the same opportunities he had with Philly.