It seems that newly-minted Philadelphia 76er Tobias Harris is already prepared to consider a long-term stay with the team.
Appreciative that Philadelphia brought him on to help them pursue a championship in the Eastern Conference, Harris seems eager to reciprocate their kindness. He hopes that he and the team "can make a long partnership work."
Tobias Harris: “This team has made a big trade for myself, and hopefully we can make a long-partnership work.”— Rich Hofmann (@rich_hofmann) February 7, 2019
Harris, who is playing in his eighth season in the NBA, is in the midst of a career year. He's averaging over 20 points per game and has been on fire from downtown, shooting 43.4 percent, the eight-best mark in the league.
He carries a cap hit of $14.8 million this year and is set to hit the free agent market in the offseason.
Adding Harris long term would be a smart move for the Sixers, as long as he fits into their system. While he may not score 20 points per game like he has as a top scoring option for the Los Angeles Clippers, his range has shown considerable growth this season, and he could prove to be an efficient scorer on a team that is loaded with stars.
Waking up to see the Sixers lineup is now:— Complex Sports (@ComplexSports) February 6, 2019
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His veteran presence, coupled with his fantastic performance this year will, at the very least make things tougher on the Toronto Raptors, Boston Celtics, and Milwaukee Bucks.
Harris' comments show that he's excited to play for the Sixers. Whether it's on a long-term deal or just for the rest of this season, he'll be a valuable scoring option for Philly and a headache for opposing defenses.