Tobias Harris Could Be Here To Start The Season
Remember when NBA Draft Night was a real event in this city? Remember the excitement the night yielded when the results were Joel Embiid, Mikal Bridges, Markelle Fultz, Ben Simmons, Jahlil Okafor? No matter the positive and, mostly, negative results those picks laid upon this city, at the time of those selections, the excitement concerning the turnaround of the Sixers franchise was palpable. Not anymore, or at least not today, as the NBA Draft will take place tonight in Brooklyn with the Sixers seemingly being an innocent bystander with no picks in either of the two rounds. Sure, there is speculation that a move or two could be made tonight. But that, sans a very minor move, seems to be a long shot. So the biggest question right now surrounds Tobias Harris.
How will the team will handle the forward? He is on the last year of a contract that will pay him over $39 million this season. Of course, unloading him is the popular belief, as he has performed well below what his salary should mandate, whether that be due to his own ineffectiveness or due to the way coaches have chosen how to, or how not to, use him at the offensive end of the floor.
If you look at the business aspect of things, dealing Harris makes sense. In July, teams who are above a certain amount of the salary cap will only be able to get back 110 percent of the salary they send out. Compared to 125 percent right now. And, a team in that situation won’t be have access to the tax payer mid-level exception in free agency and other mumbo jumbo that some collective bargaining agreement expert can explain better than me.
But fans don’t care much about the business side. It’s what the product does between the lines that matter most. So where does this go with Harris. Ideally, you unload him for a couple of players who can contribute in a way new head coach Nick Nurse sees fit. Complimentary pieces that can not only accept the role Nurse lays upon them, but excel at it. In reality, though, that appears to be just wishful thinking.
I’ve heard that there may be a team that wants the expiring contract and a team leader like Harris to grow a young team. Okay, but again I think that is just wishful thinking.
You can’t help how you feel. I was told that as a youngster. And my feeling on this situation is this: I think Tobias Harris is here to start the season. I think Daryl Morey is looking at last season as a slight miss, not a major one. A miss that may be able to be fixed with the new head coach. A miss that was four minutes away on his home court and a two-point lead to get to the Eastern Conference Finals.
So yes, I do believe Harris is on this roster to begin the season. Whether it stays that way for the whole year probably depends on how the team is performing. Like it or not.
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