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Sixers’ Tobias Harris will not participate in USA Basketball this summer

Tobias Harris, Sixers

Sixers small forward Tobias Harris will not participate in USA Basketball this summer, according to Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Harris is the latest star to withdraw from Team USA activities this summer ahead of the FIBA World Cup. The talented swingman signed the richest deal in Sixers franchise history, so he wants to focus on the upcoming NBA season:

Tobias Harris signed a five-year, $180 million contract with the Sixers. With Jimmy Butler gone, Harris will have the ball in his hands a lot more in 2019-20, something he is looking forward to.

The Sixers acquired Harris from the Los Angeles Clippers at the February trade deadline. He averaged 18.2 points, 7.9 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 27 regular-season games with Philly while shooting 46.9 percent from the field, 32.6 percent from beyond the arc and 84.1 percent from the free-throw line.

During the 2019 playoffs, Harris put up 15.5 points, 9.1 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game. The Sixers lost to the Toronto Raptors in the second round of the playoffs in seven games. With Kawhi Leonard in the Western Conference now, many believe Philly can win the Eastern Conference in 2019-20. The Sixers lost Butler and JJ Redick in free agency, but signed All-Star big man Al Horford and acquired combo guard Josh Richardson from the Miami Heat in the sign-and-trade deal involving Butler.