The Philadelphia 76ers will be heading into Free Agency on Thursday looking to add some complementary pieces around James Harden and Joel Embiid. The Beard already decided to take a structured contract in order to give the Sixers the flexibility to sign more role players, but there is apparently the possibility one of their mainstays could be gone.
Brian Windhorst of ESPN reported on Thursday that Tobias Harris has once again found himself in trade rumors:
"I don't think Philly will be done. We are hearing a lot about Tobias Harris on the trade market."
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This isn't a first for Harris. There have been numerous reports over the months that he's could be moved and with the Sixers heavily pursuing P.J. Tucker, which could potentially open the door for Harris's exit.
Problem is, he's due to be paid $37 million next season and $39 in 2023-24. That's a lot of money for any team to take on. But, there is a good possibility he wants a more prominent role in the offense and on the Sixers, that won't happen with the way their roster is constructed. Perhaps Daryl Morey can find a suitor who is willing to make a move for Harris and his hefty salary.
However, according to Sixers insider Paul Hudrick, there is a high chance he returns to the franchise next season:
Source says it's "very likely" Tobias Harris is back with the Sixers next season. Harris is happy and so is the team with how he adjusted to a new role.
— Paul Hudrick (@PaulHudrick) June 30, 2022
The veteran averaged 17.2 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 3.5 assists in 2021-22 for the Sixers starting all 73 games he featured in. Despite the contrary reports, you can never be totally sure what may happen. We'll see.