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It sounds like Tobias Harris wants to stay in Philly

Andrew Porter
June 20, 2019 - 11:19 am
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76ers free-agent forward Tobias Harris addressed the media on Wednesday at the 12th Annual Steve Nash Foundation Showdown in New York City. It certainly sounds like Harris would like to remain a Sixer. 

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"Obviously we were a couple bounces away from going to overtime versus the champs now," Harris said. "We didn’t have enough time to really get the full chemistry as we probably would have wanted to. But at the same time, it’s one of the most talented groups of players I’ve been a part of and we'll see what happens. Joel (Embiid) is the best big man in the NBA, so the talent level of the group was phenomenal. We put ourselves in a position to win basketball games. The organization did a great job of really showing me what was presented there in my time."

“A great organization," Harris answered. "Obviously winning’s important for me, style of play is important," Harris said, "and just putting myself in the right opportunity to continue to improve my game and get better year in and year out. I know the work that I put in the offseason that correlates to the season. So I know what’s gonna be expected of me as a player. Just being in the right situation to excel in that."

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Harris, an Islip, New York native, has been linked to the Brooklyn Nets, but says location is not a top priority for him. 

“The things I just said, about style of play, about being able to be in a situation to win and get better, those are things that stick out to me," said Harris. "Location is location, but at the same time those things (I mentioned earlier) are presently first for me.”

The Sixers are able to offer Harris a five-year max contract, while any other NBA team can only offer four years. Philadelphia, and any NBA team, can also go over the salary cap to re-sign their own players if the franchise is willing to pay a luxury tax. Joshua Harris and the Sixers' ownership have said, multiple times in fact, that they are willing to do so.