Sixers news: Tobias Harris withdrew from Team USA because he wasn't 'truly healthy' when last season ended
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Tobias Harris withdrew from Team USA because he wasn’t ‘truly healthy’ when last season ended

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Sixers small forward Tobias Harris says he withdrew from Team USA this summer because he wasn’t “truly healthy” when last season ended.

Harris wanted to rest after the 2018-19 season finished because he knows 2019-20 is a big year for him and the Sixers. The swingman signed the richest deal in Sixers franchise history this offseason and will have the ball more in his hands now that Jimmy Butler is gone.

“For me, the last two seasons playing every game is a lot, and a lot goes into my summer and training, and with free agency, that was [more than] a whole month where I wasn’t able to play contact-wise,” Harris said, via Marc Narducci of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

“When this past season ended I wasn’t truly healthy, so I wanted to take the time to rest. I definitely want to be out there representing my country, but for myself and the team the best decision was to get fully healthy. I wanted to gear myself this summer for a long run this upcoming season. I wanted to make sure my body was fully healthy to the point I am now.”

Tobias Harris signed a five-year, $180 million deal with the Sixers. The talented scorer averaged 18.2 points, 7.9 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 27 regular season games with the Sixers last season 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. Many believe Philly can win the East next season since it has a lethal Big Four of Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, Al Horford and Tobias Harris leading the charge.