The Philadelphia 76ers are built to win now. The Sixers made a blockbuster trade deadline deal for James Harden to try and bring a championship to the City of Brotherly Love. Philadelphia finally got rid of the albatross of Ben Simmons in the deal and has now focused on stacking victories and improving their playoff seeding.
The Sixers are in third place in the Eastern Conference with a record of 37-23. They are just three games behind the Miami Heat for the top spot heading into the playoffs as the second half of the season begins to pick up steam. Regardless of the result, the team is expected to make more offseason moves to continue to shore up their depth.
One name that has been tossed around is Tobias Harris. Harris has appeared in 51 games for the Sixers this season and has been a key contributor. Tobias is averaging 18.3 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 3.6 assists.
If Philly does bring home a championship, he will have been a major player. According to Brian Windhorst on The Hoop Collective, NBA executives are already watering at the mouth over Harris. There are several reasons that a deal might get done in the offseason.
Tobias Harris has seen his role reduced in the wake of the Harden trade. Many within the league’s front offices believe that makes him expendable. The team does consider Harris a defensive liability, though.
Harris’ contract is also a problem if Philadelphia wants to keep him. Tobias is signed through 2024 and his cap hit will rise to $39.3 million for the final season of the deal. NBA general managers are salivating over the chance to add this talented scorer, but it might come at a huge cost.
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