Tobias Harris speaks out on decision to stay with Sixers
“I want to be somewhere that I can call home. Finally, I can do that now: I’m a Philadelphia 76er.,” Harris wrote in a lengthy piece.
“In every way, I am thrilled to be staying with the 76ers and getting to work on everything — playing with my teammates again, impacting young people and, yes, bringing a championship back to Philadelphia. I can’t wait to get started.”
Harris was acquired by the Sixers in a mid-season trade with the Los Angeles Clippers. In 27 regular season games, he was very impressive for the team and wound up averaging 18.2 points, 7.9 rebounds and 2.9 assists for Philly. He was a crucial part for the team as they secure the fourth seed in the East.
Although the Sixers were eliminated in the second round by the eventual champions Toronto Raptors, the Sixers showed the potential to develop into a championship-caliber team.
Now, Harris is in Philly for a five-year run, and he’s expected to play an even bigger role now that Jimmy Butler is gone.
The championship window for the Sixers squad is wide open, and with the roster they were able to assemble during the first day of free agency, it is possible that they could end up as the best team in the East next season.