Philadelphia forward Tobias Harris has agreed to a five-year, $180 million deal with the 76ers.
Somewhat of a journeyman during his eight-year career, Harris was traded from the Los Angeles Clippers to the 76ers on February 6, 2019. In his 27 games in Philadelphia, he averaged 18.2 points, 7.9 rebounds and 2.9 assists.
These numbers were an uptick from his career averages at 15.4 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.9 assists. Seeing the fit with the team, Philadelphia shelled out $180 million to retain his services for five years.
Over his 2018-2019 campaign he shot just shy of 40 percent from 3-point range, and 48.7 percent from the field. His defensive numbers were less impressive, averaging 0.6 steals and 0.5 blocks, while turning the ball over almost twice per game.
Harris did play in all 82 games in 2018-2019, however, which helps Philadelphia immensely if he can stay healthy. The 76ers have notoriously struggled to keep important players on the court, so the brass must see the potential for Harris to eat up minutes for potential injury-laden stars, while also being effective from the field.
He also fills a need at forward, making it a smart decision to lock him up over five years. Harris is a potentially important piece in Philadelphia’s push toward the NBA Finals.
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