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    Getty Sixers forward Tobias Harris earned high praise for his "spirit" from head coach Doc Rivers. The Philadelphia 76ers used a strategic zone defense to turn the tide on Monday night. It flummoxed Atlanta in short spurts, helping the Sixers overcome a 16-point deficit and forcing the Hawks into thinking twice about going inside the paint. It seemed to work wonders and head coach Doc Rivers loved it. “We loved it. We loved it,” Rivers said. “They were killing our man [defense early. And you just need to go to that to get them out of rhythm.” After the game – a 104-101 win for Philadelphia – Rivers told reporters that the team practiced the zone every day. It hasn’t quite progressed to where he wants it to be, but it’s getting close to a finished product. Great news, right? One problem, one of his star players, Tobias Harris, refuted how effective their zone defense was. And how often they worked on it in practice. “Not that much. Honestly, we haven’t practiced zone that much, and they were...
    Getty Tobias Harris #12, Tyrese Maxey #0, and James Harden #1 of the Philadelphia 76ers watch from the bench against the Minnesota Timberwolves in the first half at the Wells Fargo Center on November 19, 2022 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. As the NBA season progresses and the Philadelphia 76ers continue their quest to upgrade the roster, Tobias Harris has been a common name mentioned in trade rumors. The 30-year-old has seen his name mentioned in these talks for several years and has already been traded four times in his career. His hefty contract and reduced role make him a candidate that the Sixers would ideally move for a better fit. However, according to Jake Fischer of Yahoo Sports, this does not look likely to be the case. The NBA Insider reported, “I have not heard his name come up at all and I have been calling around the league all week.” This occurred during an episode of his podcast, ‘Please Don’t Aggregate This’ where he spoke with PhillyVoice’s Kyle Neubeck. The Sixers insider mostly agreed with Fischer and stated, “I...
    Getty Tobias Harris #12 of the Philadelphia 76ers reacts in front of Ben Simmons #10 of the Brooklyn Nets in the fourth quarter of the game at the Wells Fargo Center on November 22, 2022 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The 76ers defeated the Nets 115-106. Despite the slow start to the year, there are plenty of things the Philadelphia 76ers have to be thankful for this season. Joel Embiid has returned to his MVP self and has been vital to turning things around before missing the past two games. James Harden also looks to have more pop in his game after an offseason filled with conditioning and rehab but is recovering from his tendon sprain. Tyrese Maxey seems to have taken his game to another level in his third season before his foot injury. De’Anthony Melton has also captured the hearts of fans and exceeded expectations after coming to Philadelphia in a trade this offseason. However, Grant Hughes of Bleacher Report took a different view when writing about the one thing each NBA team has to be thankful for....
    Getty John Collins #20 of the Atlanta Hawks dribbles the ball against Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers. If only the Philadelphia 76ers could put together the two halves of their season so far. To open the year, Philly was cruising offensively, gathering a top-ten offense before Harden went down with an injury. But Philadelphia’s had the league’s best defense so far in November, which coincided directly with Harden’s absence. With everyone clicking, it’s a tantalizing proposition. But what if it could get better? In a proposed trade by Bleacher Report’s Gregg Swartz, it just might. Here’s what Swartz cooked up for the Sixers: Philadelphia 76ers Receive: F/C John Collins, SG Bogdan Bogdanović Atlanta Hawks Receive: PF Tobias Harris, SF Matisse Thybulle, G Shake Milton And here’s Swartz’s rationale on the move: “Collins is younger, cheaper, carries more upside than Harris and can’t dunk on Joel Embiid anymore if the two are teammates. Adding Bogdanović off the bench gives Philly’s second unit some added scoring and playmaking as well.” Why Philadelphia Says YesCollins has seen a serious dip in production...
    Getty Sixers forward Tobias Harris scored a game-high 24 points against Brooklyn while battling a twisted ankle. It didn’t look good when Tobias Harris crashed to the floor in the third quarter. He was already dealing with a left hip injury, then he collided with Kevin Durant in the paint and twisted his ankle in a way no foot is supposed to turn. Philadelphia 76ers head coach Doc Rivers revealed that one of the Brooklyn Nets coaches looked at him and said: “it’s bad.” But Harris was on a mission to stay in the game. The Sixers were down three starters – Joel Embiid, Tyrese Maxey, James Harden – and he was going to do everything in his power to gut it out. Harris walked back to the locker room, stopping in the hallway to do some quick meditation before declaring himself good to go. He came back in and threw down a nasty dunk. “It was painful at the moment,” Harris told reporters. “I went back into the locker room and just even today before the game,...
    Getty Tobias Harris #12 of the Philadelphia 76ers. Against the Phoenix Suns Monday night, the Philadelphia 76ers welcomed a few familiar faces back to town. On the wing was Mikal Bridges, the Philadelphia native who played college ball down the road at Villanova and was drafted by the Sixers in 2018, only to be flipped to the desert before the night was over. Dario Saric, another Process cast-aside, got three minutes of action against the Sixers as well. But Bridges and Saric weren’t the only former Sixers who suited up for the Suns Monday night. For just over 11 minutes, Landry Shamet took the floor against his former team. In 2018, the Sixers drafted Shamet with the 26th pick, only to ship him off to the Los Angeles Clippers 54 games later in a deal that brought back Tobias Harris. Looking back on it, Shamet has no regrets about how his time in Philadelphia came to an end, opening up to Ky Carlin of Sixers Wire on Monday. “I told myself in that situation I played myself into...
    Getty Joel Embiid #21 and Tobias Harris #12 of the Philadelphia 76ers react during the fourth quarter against the Indiana Pacers at Wells Fargo Center on October 24, 2022 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It is rare to see a player’s role change as much as Tobias Harris’ has throughout his tenure with the Philadelphia 76ers. From being the number two option behind Joel Embiid to his new role as essentially a three-and-D style of wing, Harris has had to be flexible with his style of play. The 30-year-old has put up with his fair share of criticism during his five seasons with most of it stemming from his contract more than his play. To start the 2022-23 season, Harris is off to an incredibly efficient start. He is attempting 5.6 three-point attempts per game and connecting at a 44.6% rate which are both career highs for the veteran. A fitting end for the Wizards tonight: Tobias Harris hits a dagger as two Wizards try to figure out where to go. pic.twitter.com/qiGkWWh5ZD — Gabe Ibrahim (@gabe_ibrahim) November 1, 2022 Shooting...
    Getty Tobias Harris #12 of the Philadelphia 76ers. Through the first four games of the season, all eyes have been on Philadelphia 76ers stars Joel Embiid and James Harden. And for good reason: the two players are the Sixers’ fulcrum. And while Harden has looked great so far this season, Embiid has not, slumping, pouting, and slogging his way up and down the court. All that attention on Harden and Embiid has meant that the Sixers’ top-paid player, Tobias Harris, has enjoyed some time out of the spotlight. Harris is enjoying a so-so start to the season: the 15 points and six boards are nice, but his defense is not. But on Monday, Pacers head coach Rick Carlisle couldn’t help but show some love for the “underrated” forward. Harris responded in kind, giving some appreciation to the former Dallas Mavericks skipper. “If Coach Carlisle said that, that’s a pretty good person to state that,” Harris said after the game. “I’ll take that as a compliment. I appreciate that.” first win of the season feels amazing, back on road!...
    Getty Tobias Harris #12 of the Philadelphia 76ers blocks Jrue Holiday #21 of the Milwaukee Bucks during the fourth quarter at Wells Fargo Center on October 20, 2022 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Philadelphia 76ers are off to a near-disaster start to the season. They were tested right out of the gates with matchups against the Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks and were unable to find a way to win against either Eastern Conference rival. Even more concerning, the Sixers were then handled by the rebuilding Spurs on their home court. This was the loss that seemed to raise more alarms among Philly fans and within the Sixers organization. Following the 114-105 loss to the Spurs, many members of the Sixers were asked to attempt to put their finger on what exactly is going wrong. Tobias Harris opened up and stated, “[We had a] lack of defensive effort. We do have to give them credit because they made tough shots, but I mean, on our part, that’s not the standard of defense that we hold ourselves to. Second quarter, thirty-five points...
    Getty Tobias Harris #12 of the Philadelphia 76ers. The Philadelphia 76ers spent much of the summer revamping a roster that once again failed to maximize its potential and bowed out of the playoffs early. The additions of Montrezl Harrell, De’Anthony Melton, PJ Tucker, and Danuel House were thought to give the squad a new identity and added defensive tenacity. From what we saw on Tuesday night, this year’s iteration of the Sixers doesn’t look that much different from the last time we saw them against the Miami Heat in May. Joel Embiid looked sluggish, the defense was torched by twin 35-point games from Celtics stars Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum, and the vaunted bench unit saw little action. The poor performance led Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer to argue that the hype surrounding this Sixers squad was unwarranted. “If all teams in the Eastern Conference are healthy, the Sixers as presently constructed have a zero percent chance of winning the NBA Finals,” O’Connor said on The Bill Simmons Podcast Wednesday. Shortly after, host Bill Simmons echoed O’Connor’s skepticism, but...
    Getty Sixers forward Tobias Harris earned high praise for his "spirit" from head coach Doc Rivers. There were long stretches during the season opener when it appeared Tobias Harris was the only one earning a paycheck. He scored the first bucket of the game, then drilled a 27-footer to give the Sixers their first lead. Harris had 8 points and 2 boards in the first quarter, switching hard on defense between Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum. He had a quiet second half but not for lack of effort. Harris maxed out on energy, giving everything he had in whatever role the Sixers needed him. Last night was a tale of two-halves for Tobias Harris. 2/6 in the second half with both buckets essentially in garbage time. In the first half however, Harris went 5/8 totaling 14 points. If he can replicate that with any consistency, Harris could be looking at a solid season. — Zach Ciavolella (Cha-vo-lel-la) (@zciavo) October 19, 2022 After the game, Sixers head coach Doc Rivers praised his spirit. Harris finished with 18 points (7-of-14...
    Getty Tobias Harris #12, Tyrese Maxey #0, James Harden #1, and Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers. The Philadelphia 76ers enter the 2022-23 season with the most balanced roster in recent memory. The top is as strong as they come: prime Joel Embiid, a rising Tyrese Maxey, and hungry James Harden. But the rest of the rotation also bears its fair share of strength. The Sixers have a swaggering identity brought on by PJ Tucker and Montrezl Harrell. The team boned up on defense by adding the tenacious De’Anthony Melton. Georges Niang, Furkan Korkmaz, and Danuel House project to provide some scoring pop. Caught in the middle is Tobias Harris. Harris projects to play much more three this season, though he spent just 23% of his time there last season. Even scarier, Harris is a below-average defender at small forward, coughing up 114 points per 100 possessions when he’s in the spot. Add in the defensive woes of Maxey and Harden, and it might be tough for the Sixers to trot out the league’s best defense next...
    Getty Tobias Harris #12 of the Philadelphia 76ers. Over the last three-plus seasons, Tobias Harris has seen it all for the Philadelphia 76ers. The departure of Jimmy Butler, Ben Simmons, Markelle Fultz. The arrivals of Al Horford, Josh Richardson, and James Harden. Through it all, Harris has remained a steady constant on the Sixers roster. But while Harris’ name in the Sixers’ lineup hasn’t changed, his spot and role in that lineup have been anything but steady. Once again this season, Harris’ role projects to be a little different than last year’s. And at Sixers media day last week, Harris sat down with Lauren Rosen to discuss how he settles into his oft-changing roles and deals with the ever-present (and ever-demanding) Philadelphia crowd. “I have to eliminate my ego, more and more and more. Like so, I think that as a player to this magnitude, like, you have expectations for yourself. And sometimes you have to just stay leveled and stay really balanced. And at times last year, I definitely do that to eliminate my ego. And once...
    Getty Tobias Harris #12 of the Philadelphia 76ers. Over the last four years, the Philadelphia 76ers have experienced about as much turnover as any. Despite Jimmy Butler, Danny Green, JJ Redick, and Al Horford all coming and going to Philadelphia, the Sixers have maintained their status atop the Eastern Conference. Amidst all of the change, Tobias Harris has been a steady constant in Philadelphia. Well, his presence has, at the very least. But Harris’ role with the Sixers has rotated endlessly since he was traded to Philadelphia in 2019. And with a new season on the horizon, Harris faces yet another new role with the Sixers. Most recently, Harris was playing the four, with Matisse Thybulle occupying the small forward spot along with Danny Green. With the arrival of PJ Tucker to Philadelphia, Harris will likely slot back in at the three. But Harris isn’t worried about the potential adjustment. “Doc (Rivers) says the three and the four are pretty identical. Probably the only adjustment would be who you’re guarding defensively. Last year, I was guarding twos, threes,...
    Getty Tobias Harris #12 of the Philadelphia 76ers. With training camp now underway, the Philadelphia 76ers are putting the finishing touches on a roster it hopes will contend for a championship. The team is loaded with star power at the top, with Joel Embiid and James Harden headlining the Sixers’ starting five. But the second unit also saw major improvement this summer with the additions of Montrezl Harrell, De’Anthony Melton, and Montrezl Harrell. Caught squarely in the middle is Tobias Harris. The Sixers forward is earning more than any of his Sixers teammates despite being the team’s fourth option on offense. His remaining $76 million is a mammoth sum that could be used to bolster other areas of the roster if only the Sixers could find a trade partner. According to one Eastern Conference executive who spoke to Sean Deveney of Heavy.com, the Sacramento Kings are a team to keep an eye on in any Harris trade talks. “I don’t think they’ve got anything active on [Harris talks], but the Kings are a team that would be a...
    Getty Tobias Harris #12 of the Philadelphia 76ers. Joel Embiid is the undisputed “best player” on the Philadelphia 76ers. The two-time MVP runner-up is coming off another excellent season in which he became the first center since Shaquille O’Neal to win the league’s scoring title. Second in the pecking order is James Harden. The former MVP might be a step slower than his Rockets days, but is still a magical playmaker who averaged a double-double last season. Philadelphia’s third-best? Probably Tyrese Maxey: the electric two-guard who shot over 42% from three last season. Finally, we get to Tobias Harris. Harris is the team’s solid and reliable fourth option, a luxury considering he would likely be higher on many other rosters. Unfortunately, the Sixers aren’t paying Harris like he’s “reliable.” Philadelphia is paying him like he’s a top-20 player in the league; the forward is entering the fourth year of a five-year, $180 million deal. It’s because of that awful talent-contract size ratio that Bleacher Report’s Andy Bailey rated Harris’ contract the “worst valued” one on the team. “Even...
    Getty Danny Green #14 of the Toronto Raptors and Ben Simmons #25 of the Philadelphia 76ers. In just one calendar year, the Philadelphia 76ers have seen significant roster turnover and reconstruction. But some relationships are built to withstand breakups, trades, and front office cuts. Some of the moves have been obvious: trading for James Harden not only brought in two new faces, but saw Ben Simmons, Seth Curry, and Andre Drummond all depart for Brooklyn. The additions of De’Anthony Melton, Montrezl Harrell, PJ Tucker, and Danuel House also add to the list of new names. But in order to land Melton, the Sixers also had to offload Danny Green, who played for Philadelphia for two seasons before his offseason departure. In those two seasons, Green averaged 7.8 points for Philadelphia, providing helpful playoff experience and leadership. Ultimately, though, Green’s serious knee injury and hefty contract made him a prime trade candidate this summer. Green shared significant playing time with Tobias Harris, a fellow Sixers starter with his own contract woes. And recently, Harris showed Green some love on...
    Getty Tobias Harris #12 of the Philadelphia 76ers. It’s fair to wonder what fans would think of Philadephia 76ers forward Tobias Harris if he was signed to a different contract than his five-year, $180 million deal. There are 16 players in the league set to make more than Harris next season. That list includes the obvious: Steph Curry, Giannis Antetokounmpo, LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard, etc. But it doesn’t include Joel Embiid, James Harden, Luka Doncic, Devin Booker, and Nikola Jokic. Yes, Harris’ $37 million is a shade under Los Angeles Lakers star Anthony Davis. The only problem? Harris has never, ever, not once made the Finals. Or an All-Star game. Or taken home any individual basketball awards since 2011, when he was named Second-Team All-SEC as a freshman at the University of Tennesee. Harris isn’t a superstar. He’s not even a star. He’s a reliable forward with an average jump shot who somehow landed a mega-deal on par with the game’s greatest players. But is it possible Harris’ time as a starter in Philadelphia could be coming to...
    Getty Tobias Harris of the Philadelphia 76ers. The Philadelphia 76ers are fully focused on putting the best possible team around Joel Embiid. Adding James Harden to the mix last year was a great start, and Tyrese Maxey turning into a star at the guard position gives them a major boost as well. They then made some big-time moves this summer. Harden signed at a discount, allowing the team to sign PJ Tucker to a three-year deal and get Montrezl Harrell on a veteran minimum contract. However, the team will need some internal improvement, too, if they want to win it all. That means there are lots of players with something to prove heading into next year. Zach Buckley of Bleacher Report composed a list of three players who fall under this category. Among them is star Tobias Harris. Buckley stated that he needs to do everything in his power not to be the scapegoat this season. “That’s why his name keeps bouncing around the rumor mill and why he’s often scapegoated when things go wrong. He might handle...
    Getty Tobias Harris #12 of the Philadelphia 76ers. The Philadelphia 76ers are somewhere in the middle. And no, the middle isn’t a bad place to be. The team isn’t “aging” — just look at the relative youth of Joel Embiid and Tyrese Maxey. But the team is by no means green, either — see the grizzled and experienced PJ Tucker and James Harden, for example. No, the Sixers are somewhere in the middle, caught between a past marked by “unfinished business” and a future that hopefully includes a championship. Embiid is in his prime, and Maxey still likely a few years away from his. But what can the team expect from Harden, who struggled through injury and, even worse, apathy for parts of last season? Ditto for PJ Tucker, who has played over 22,000 minutes over his 11-year career. Then there is Tobias Harris, who, as John Wilmes of RealGM put it, is “in the middle of it all.” Harris isn’t young or old, not a past great or burgeoning one. He’s simply reliable. But according to Wilmes,...
    Getty Tobias Harris #12 of the Philadelphia 76ers. The Philadelphia 76ers spent the summer upgrading their roster in a major way. And despite all the jokes might be centered around Daryl Morey’s effort to bring a Rockets homecoming in Philadelphia, the additions of Danuel House Montrezl Harrell, and PJ Tucker should go a long way towards transforming the roster in a positive direction. But it’s not just a shared background in Houston that unites a few Sixers. The same can be said of Harrell and Tobias Harris, who shared the court for roughly 87 games as Clippers in Los Angeles between 2017 and 2019. And over the weekend, Harrell took to Twitter to call out his old LA partner. “Aye @Tobias31 what’s your ole buddy,” tweeted Harrell. Harris responded with the ultimate hype-man response: “MY dog!!!!!,” tweeted the Sixers forward. My dog!!!!! ???????????? https://t.co/bQJcWj4fqP — Tobias Harris (@tobias31) September 10, 2022 It helps that the two players have taken the court together. That background and chemistry simply can’t be replicated without reps and time together. Unfortunately, Harrell’s history...
    Getty Tobias Harris of the Philadelphia 76ers. So far this summer, the Philadelphia 76ers have done a great job of rebuilding their team around Joel Embiid and James Harden. They’ve made some important signings thanks to Harden’s willingness to sign at a discount on his new deal. First and foremost, the team was able to steal PJ Tucker away from the Miami Heat, the team that beat them in the playoffs this past year. They signed him to a three-year, $33 million contract. And more recently, they found a big man to play behind Embiid. Philadelphia signed Montrezl Harrell to a two-year contract, filling the void they had at the backup center position. A few days after the move, Harrell took to Twitter and called out Sixers forward Tobias Harris. “Aye @tobias31 what’s your ole buddy,” Harrell tweeted. Aye @tobias31 what’s your ole buddy — Montrezl Harrell (@MONSTATREZZ) September 10, 2022 Now, based on Harris’ response to the Tweet, it seems as though Harrell was simply saying what’s up to the Sixers forward. Harris responded with a kind...
    Getty Ben Simmons #25, Boban Marjanovic #51, formerly of the Philadelphia 76ers. Since going all in on “The Process” a decade ago, the Philadelphia 76ers have certainly seen a host of players come through on short-term contracts. Still, the Sixers haven’t been afraid to lock some players down for the long-term, including Joel Embiid and Tobias Harris. Neither scenario was that unusual for the Sixers. But two of those types of players — the short-term and the long-term — coming together and forging a friendship to last the years? Much less common. But such is the case for Tobias Harris and Boban Marjanovic. The two suited up together in Detroit before being packaged together in a trade with the Los Angeles Clippers. “Tobi and Bobi” formed a fast friendship on and off the court. So when the pair were briefly reunited in Philadelphia for 22 games in 2019, it had all the makings of a Hallmark Movie: long-lost pals, cast adrift by their careers, finally rekindling an old friendship once more. Even after Marjanovic traded his Sixers reds...
    Getty Tobias Harris #12 and Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers. The Philadelphia 76ers have done their fair share of wheeling and dealing this summer, including dipping into both the trade and free agency market. And lost amidst the additions of De’Anthony Melton, Danuel House, PJ Tucker, and Montrezl Harrell is the fact that the Sixers somehow lured all four without having to sacrifice too much in cap space. Yes, trading Danny Green and his $10 million to Memphis opened some breathing room, but the Sixers found a way to stretch their dollars to the max. It’s that very reason why fans are so high on Daryl Morey after the successful summer. Once upon a time, it looked like the Sixers would have to move salaries to make room for roster upgrades. And one player was often pegged as the likeliest to go in order to clear space: Tobias Harris. And it’s plain to see why. Harris’ contract is a mammoth. Though, unlike its wooly counterparts, Harris’ contract isn’t going extinct anytime soon. The Sixers are on...
    Getty Tobias Harris attends Netflix's "Hustle" Philadelphia special screening. Typically, fans are only invited into a basketball player’s life on the court. But every once in a while, fans get a peak behind the curtain to see how their favorite stars live outside of the game. And Philadelphia 76ers fans got quite the peak on Wednesday. Sixers veteran Tobias Harris took to Twitter Wednesday night to send love to the Tennessee Volunteers Men’s Basketball Team on their schedule reveal. Harris suited up for the Vols for just one season before declaring for the NBA back in 2011. But there was something unusual about the schedule reveal. It wasn’t just a photograph of school names, dates, and home/away designations. No, the Vols got creative, using a Gameboy followed by a Pokemon-themed look at who the school plays this season. WHO’S THAT POKÉMON ??? It’s ᵗʰᵉ ²⁰²²⁻²³ ᵗᵉⁿⁿᵉˢˢᵉᵉ ᵛᵒˡᵘⁿᵗᵉᵉʳˢ ᵇᵃˢᵏᵉᵗᵇᵃˡˡ ˢᶜʰᵉᵈᵘˡᵉ pic.twitter.com/EN7KyayDgg — Tennessee Basketball (@Vol_Hoops) September 7, 2022 And Harris followed up the Vols’ announcement with a message of his own. One that should make everyone on Tennessee’s communications...
    Getty John Wall, formerly #1 of the Houston Rockets guards Tobias Harris #12 of the Philadelphia 76ers. There is no single true, direct, linear path to playing professional basketball. The journey is often sidetracked by injuries, roster cuts, trades, and buyouts, and even then a great player might spend time hacking it overseas. The current Philadelphia 76ers roster is a testament to that waywardness. Joel Embiid was predicted to be a dominant force out of college before missing two seasons with injury. PJ Tucker spent years in Europe before returning to the States and having a productive, ring-chasing career. And what about No. 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz? The can’t-miss college star isn’t even on the Sixers anymore, despite being drafted just five years ago. These Sixers know a thing or two about long and winding journeys. This is why it’s not surprising that Tobias Harris sent some love John Wall’s way in a recent tweet. Harris: ‘Keep Inspiring and Being the Best You’Wall sat down recently with The Salvation Army to discuss his journey back to the...
    Getty Tobias Harris #12 of the Philadelphia 76ers. In the NBA, a player is often judged harshly for coming into the season unfit and unhealthy. Take Philadelphia 76ers star James Harden, who has received serious heat for his off-season lifestyle. Fortunately, Harden looks to be putting those fears in the rearview mirror. His teammate, on the other hand? The jury’s still very much out. Last week, Sixers veteran Tobias Harris stopped into North Philly’s Country Cooking to enjoy a meal date with his wife, Jasmine Winton. The two married earlier this month, with co-stars Tyrese Maxey, Matisse Thybulle, and Georges Niang in attendance. The wedding also came amid rumors that the Sixers were interested in a deal for Durant. And, coincidentally enough, three of the Sixers at Harris’ wedding (including the groom himself), would have all been necessary to pull off the trade. Now, with training camp right around the corner, Harris is enjoying married life in Philadelphia. But perhaps he’s enjoying it a bit too much. ‘Who Eats Grits and Mac and Cheese?’Harris made quite the eyebrow-raising...
    Getty Julius Randle #30 of the New York Knicks reacts. Leading up to the NBA Draft, reports surfaced of the Philadelphia 76ers gauging the market for multiple key players. Among those Daryl Morey made available was veteran forward Tobias Harris. Since joining the Sixers in 2019, Harris has become a pillar of the franchise. Along with being a leader in the locker room, he consistently puts up All-Star-level production. That being said, the 30-year-old is also the team’s highest-paid player at $37.6 million. Last season, Harris posted averages of 17.2 PPG, 6.8 RPG, and 3.5 APG.  Ahead of a new regular season, New York Knicks insider Fred Katz answered an array of questions from fans. When the idea of a Harris/Julius Randle swap was brought up, he quickly shot the idea down from the Sixers’ perspective. I don’t believe Randle is anywhere close to a better fit with Embiid than Harris is, and I’d bet my bank account that Sixers president of basketball operations Daryl Morey agrees with me. Defenders would help off Randle to double-team Embiid all the time....
    Getty Tobias Harris #12 and Tyrese Maxey #0 of the Philadelphia 76ers talk. The idea of Kevin Durant being traded to the Philadelphia 76ers has hijacked Twitter for the past 24 hours. It’s all anyone is talking about, specifically what that potential trade package might look like. Tyrese Maxey is definitely in that deal. Ditto for Tobias Harris and Matisse Thybulle. Georges Niang and Furkan Korkmaz, along with a slew of high draft picks, have also been mentioned. The Durant rumors are heating up, with the Sixers and Boston Celtics listed as his “preferred destinations.” So, when the Sixers’ official Instagram account shared a fun photo of Harris, Maxey, Thybulle, and Niang all hanging out together at Harris’ wedding, well, one of them felt the need to respond. Harris ran the gamut of emotions, from laughing to astonished. Tobias Harris is a WIZARD on social media. Here he is having fun with the fans over the Kevin Durant trade rumors … #Sixers #HereTheyCome pic.twitter.com/EPR5HpUlF9 — Michael Greger (@mike_greger) August 11, 2022 Harris has enjoyed an All-Star offseason, between...
    Getty Tobias Harris celebrates after hitting a big shot against Milwaukee on March 29 in Philadelphia. Philadelphia 76ers star Tobias Harris drew praise for playing lock-down defense in last year’s playoffs. Now he’s swatting away “keyboard thugs” talking smack on Twitter in the offseason. Harris has been letting his personality shine this summer, from solving brain-teasing math equations to messing around with Boban Marjonovic. He even got blind-sided (in a good way) during a social media mix-up. It’s been so much fun to watch. And the most gratifying comment came in response to a brave troll who brought up Harris’ contract. He’s due roughly $77 million over the next two seasons, which prompted one sarcastic fan to call it a “ridiculous untradable contract” before asking: “How much is that player worth?” Well, Harris had an answer for him, and it was a good one: 77 million + the amount of energy it took you to express that tweet ???????????? https://t.co/DIJmDsJ4mP — Tobias Harris (@tobias31) July 20, 2022 The original tweet was quickly deleted, but the damage was done...
    Getty Tobias Harris #12 of the Philadelphia 76ers reacts to a call. One name that has been closely connected to the Philadelphia 76ers all offseason is Eric Gordon. With the Houston Rockets in the midst of a rebuild, they have been openly shopping the former Sixth Man of the Year. Last season, the 33-year-old averaged 13.4 PPG and 2.7 APG while shooting an impressive 41.2% from beyond the arc. While the Sixers have maintained their interest in acquiring Gordon, there has been one major roadblock. That being Tobias Harris and his sizable contract. An Eastern Conference executive recently told Heavy’s Sean Deveney that the Sixers being unable to find a team to take on the veteran forward is halting their chances of making a move for Gordon. “They want Eric Gordon but none of that can happen unless they find a place for Tobias Harris. And they have exhausted every avenue on a Tobias deal. They overpaid him and no one wants that contract. That’s just the situation they’re in.” The exec told Deveney. “They will keep trying...
    Getty Tobias Harris #12 and Tyrese Maxey #0 of the Philadelphia 76ers talk. Throughout his career, Philadelphia 76ers forward Tobias Harris has used his platform to speak up on social justice issues. While the veteran forward should be applauded for the work he does off the court, it caused him to get bombarded on social media. Recently, the New York Times put out a story about former Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe. Ironically enough, the post was written by an author also named Tobias Harris. When Sixers fans caught a hold of this, they instantly went into a frenzy. WRITES WHOOOOO???? GET IN THE GYM https://t.co/RpnTqEweTY — anakin skywalker (@wakeupchandon) July 10, 2022 When the hell did Tobias Harris start writing for the Times https://t.co/uXJoDZTjG9 — Certified Simp (@MoBahmba) July 10, 2022 Seriously? Lol https://t.co/nrchKY6Vbp pic.twitter.com/WtcKKjlHYJ — Wikki-P#FreeMumia #FreePalestine (@Wikipodia) July 10, 2022 To get their moneys worth, the Sixers will have him writing these opinion pieces monthly until his max contract is up https://t.co/z9FxAclsAd — sheldon (@sheldon__2) July 10, 2022 After endless tagging on social media,...
    Getty PHILADELPHIA, Kevin Durant #7 of the Brooklyn Nets heads for the net as Tobias Harris #12 of the Philadelphia 76ers defends. This offseason, the Philadelphia 76ers have explored multiple avenues to re-shape the roster and free up cap space. The biggest being All-Star guard James Harden taking a $15 million pay cut so Daryl Morey could execute moves like the signings of P.J. Tucker and Danuel House Jr. Another route the front office has tried is moving on from a key starter. While Tobias Harris has become a foundational piece to the Sixers over the years, he is also the team’s highest-paid player. At $37 million, the team is heavily invested in a player that is a non-All-Star. This past season, Harris posted averages of 17.2 PPG, 6.8 RPG, and 3.5 APG. Dating back to the NBA Draft, reports have surfaced of the Sixers shopping the veteran forward. However, nothing has come about of a team willing to take on Harris and his sizable contract. Recently, an Eastern Conference executive spoke to Heavy’s Sean Deveney about the...
    Getty Bojan Bogdanovic #44 of the Utah Jazz dribbles by Tobias Harris #12 of the Philadelphia 76ers. So far this offseason, the main theme for the Philadelphia 76ers is wing depth. First, Daryl Morey inked P.J. Tucker and Danuel House Jr. to deals at the start of free agency. A recent slip-up on social media indicated that another three-and-D forward could also be on the way. Since Morey traded Danny Green to the Memphis Grizzlies on draft night for De’Anthony Melton, the Sixers lacked playable two-way wings. Matisse Thybulle may be a two-time All-Defense nominee, but his offensive limitations have him on a short leash. Recently, the people at Bleacher Report came up with a proposed trade that will solve the Sixers’ issue at the forward position. While coming up with simple trades that could drastically change this upcoming season, a scenario was laid out where the Sixers send Tobias Harris and Matisse Thybulle to the Utah Jazz in exchange for Bojan Bogdanovic, Jordan Clarkson, and Rudy Gay. Bogdanovic averaged 18.1 points and hit 38.7 percent of his...
    Getty Sacramento Kings forward Harrison Barnes celebrates after dunking the ball against the Charlotte Hornets. Sacramento was one team that kept coming up in trade talks at the height of the Ben Simmons’ drama. It appeared to be more than just speculation, that is until the Kings made De’Aaron Fox untouchable. Everyone knows what happened next: the Philadelphia 76ers eventually acquired James Harden and all was right with the world. Harden has opted out as the Sixers look to add more pieces around him and Joel Embiid to construct a championship contender. Trimming salary continues to be a central theme, with the rumor mill turning its attention to Tobias Harris who is owed $76.8 million over the next two years. It’s an insane contract, one that the Sixers might want to move to free up cap space. Philadelphia would have to find a willing trade partner to take it and Sacramento has once again surfaced as a “possible landing spot.” The Action Network’s Matt Moore wrote: “Sacramento is a possible landing spot for Tobias Harris if the Sixers...
    Getty Buddy Hield #24 of the Indiana Pacers dribbles the ball while being guarded by Caris LeVert #3 of the Cleveland Cavaliers. As we inch closer to the NBA Draft, rumors continue to emerge in a frenzy. Following reports of the Philadelphia 76ers actively shopping key players and their first-round pick, they are a team to keep a close eye on. Recently, the people over at Bleacher Report made one trade proposal for every team ahead of the June 23rd draft. For the Sixers, they had them acquiring Malcolm Brogdon and Buddy Hield in exchange for Tobias Harris, Matisse Thybulle, and the No. 23 pick. For the Sixers, this allows them to get off Harris’ massive contract in exchange for pieces that fit alongside the All-Star duo of Joel Embiid and James Harden. Since entering the league, Hield has been a mainstay near the top of the league in three-point attempts. His volume shooting should be more than enough to keep the floor spaced for the MVP runner-up to dominate around the rim. From Philly’s perspective, Hield offers...
    Getty Tobias Harris, Philadelphia 76ers Tobias Harris continues to find himself linked with a move away from the Philadelphia 76ers, but finding a willing trade partner is proving a difficult task for the front office. However, it would seem there are avenues for the Sixers to continue exploring. During a recent conversation with Heavy.com, an Eastern Conference executive, who spoke under the condition of anonymity, recently postulated a potential trade that would see Harris replaced by a genuine point-forward, capable of defending at a high-level while also offering some legitimate floor spacing. I know the Sixers organization still get nightmares from hearing Jimmy say “Tobias Harris over me?” ???????? pic.twitter.com/WuHM0ZaD8M — nbaontop_ (@nbaontop_) June 12, 2022 “Charlotte has been open to moving Gordon Hayward, that would be an interesting fit with Embiid because he can be a really perimeter-based 4 who can handle the ball and pass. (Miles) Bridges plays a lot of power forward but he is a more natural 3-man so bring in Harris and I think that helps him. Hayward is 32, he is not...
    Getty Philadelphia 76ers guard Jimmy Butler and forward Tobias Harris When Jimmy Butler yelled “Tobias Harris over me?” after Game 6 of the Eastern Conference semifinals, it was seen as a direct shot at the Philadelphia 76ers’ front office. The Sixers decided that Harris was a more important piece to the championship puzzle, according to the Miami Heat star. The chaotic scene was a great job of posturing by Butler. The truth is that the Sixers would have loved to keep both players, but Butler wasn’t on board with the way the team was constructed. He had issues with Ben Simmons being the point guard, along with concerns about then-coach Brett Brown’s leadership style. Ultimately, Butler was the one who wanted out and the Sixers’ decision to trade for Harris at the 2019 trade deadline was their insurance policy. According to The Inquirer’s Keith Pompey, “everything wasn’t rosy” during Butler’s 55-game tenure in Philadelphia. (Remember, the Sixers only landed on Butler after striking out on LeBron James, Paul George, and Kawhi Leonard). Pompey wrote: And even though fans...
    Getty Tobias Harris #12 of the Philadelphia 76ers blocks Jerami Grant #9 of the Detroit Pistons. There are multiple avenues the Philadelphia 76ers can take this summer to retool the roster after another second-round postseason exit. Between the addition of James Harden and the emergence of Tyrese Maxey, the star talent is in place to build a contender. Daryl Morey’s main focus in the offseason now shifts to putting a stronger supporting cast around this trio. In an attempt to clear up some cap space, trading Tobias Harris could potentially be on the table. While he adapted to his new role nicely and is a pillar of the locker room, he is the highest-paid player on the Sixers at $37 million. Mike O’Connor of The Rights To Ricky Sanchez recently came up with five mock trades for the Sixers this offseason. One included sending Harris, Matisse Thybulle, Jaden Springer, one first-round pick, and a pick swap to the Detroit Pistons in exchange for Jerami Grant and Kelly Olynyk. After his excellent performance throughout the playoffs, I’m not nearly...
    Getty Tobias Harris might be the odd man out. After flaming out in the playoffs for yet another season, it’s clear the Philadelphia 76ers need to make some changes to get over the hump and win a championship. Building around James Harden and Joel Embiid is a good start, but high-priced forward Tobias Harris might end up being the odd man out. This was something that was floated as soon as the team acquired Harden, and now it’s looking like it could be a real possibility. Harris is sporting a large contract, and while he’s still a productive player, he’s essentially been relegated to the fourth option behind Embiid, Harden and Tyrese Maxey. Because of this new development, the Sixers might be better off flipping him for more pieces, and USA Today’s Ky Carlin believes a swap with the Indiana Pacers could be fruitful.Harris to Indiana GettySixers guard Tyrese Maxey might be working his way toward a lucrative contract extension with his recent play. With the Pacers retooling their roster just last season, there’s reason to believe...
    Getty Philadelphia 76ers forward Tobias Harris and center Boban Marjanovic Philadelphia 76ers forward Tobias Harris is one of several NBA players featured in the new movie “Hustle” set to hit Netflix on June 8. Adam Sandler plays a basketball scout for the Sixers in the film, which was shot on location in Philly. Sandler has been sporadically releasing trailers while hitting the interview circuit. The Hollywood star recently sat down with Kevin Garnett to talk about what went into making the movie, including a hilarious scene involving Harris. Apparently, Sandler held his own during a 5-on-5 battle. “Those guys kind of like, they were just nice,” Sandler told Garnett. “Just gave me little passes. Trae [Young] dished one to me, we were playing 5-on-5, a lot of the guys were there, Tobias [Harris] and Boban [Marjanović], they were being cool. They let me have the ball, I hit a shot, it was the most shaky arms I ever had when taking a shot. “I don’t why I was so nervous. I was like don’t blow this Trae pass....
    Tobias Harris was spotted dining at a suburban Philadelphia restaurant this week. The 76ers player stopped by il Granaio in Phoenixville for dinner on Saturday, May 14, the Italian restaurant said on Facebook. Harris, 29, spent time with the Detroit Pistons and Los Angeles Clippers before joining the Philadelphia 76ers in early 2019.
    Getty Sixers forward Tobias Harris cited a lack of effort and mental toughness for their second-round exit to the Miami Heat. Lack of effort. Mental toughness. Those were the two two biggest things missing from the Philadelphia 76ers in the Eastern Conference semifinals. And maybe for the entire year to hear Tobias Harris tell the tale. Harris started his post-game press conference after being eliminated in Game 6 by expressing frustration over the Sixers’ inability to win 50-50 basketballs, not chasing loose balls, and looking overmatched on hustle plays. More importantly, Philadelphia couldn’t match the Miami Heat’s physicality. Now Harris (14 points) and his teammates are going home following a 99-90 defeat.  “We drop our heads too much, our body language at times was crappy and we needed that to be better throughout this series, and I think that hurt us in this series – our mental toughness for sure hurt us versus that group,” Harris told reporters. “And they did a lot of things to kind of challenge that, like hustle plays 50-50 basketballs like everything –...
    Miami Heat star Jimmy Butler thrashes the Philadelphia 76ers for their decision to roll with Tobias Harris instead of keeping him on their roster.  And just like that, the playoffs hopes for a Sixers chip this year died along with Joel Embiid’s MVP opportunity. A bitter week for Philadelphia fans to be sure, but it seems that someone else is holding onto a little bitterness from their own days in Philly: playoff phenom Jimmy Butler. Butler has been on fire in the postseason, stacking up alongside some of the greatest Heat players to ever do it for the franchise. The Miami Herald even reported that statistically, Butler is the best NBA player in the postseason thus far. Legends like Dwayne Wade and LeBron James brought Miami back-to-back championships in 2012 and 2013, and Butler is well on his way to doing the same with one of the East’s strongest teams remaining. But Butler, who played for the 76ers during the 2018-19 season, wanted to be sure that Philadelphia didn’t forget that they chose to pay Tobias Harris $180 million over keeping...
    Getty Images Heat star Jimmy Butler. The Miami Heat eliminated the Philadelphia 76ers with a convincing Game 6 victory on Thursday and Jimmy Butler took some added pleasure in eliminating his former squad. After dropping 32 points to wrap up what was a dominant series against the Sixers, Butler took a shot at Sixers forward Tobias Harris on his way to the locker room. “Tobias Harris over me. Tobias Harris over me,” Butler was caught yelling on the way to the locker room. “Tobias Harris over me??” – Jimmy ???? pic.twitter.com/HCIKOW4XvL — NBACentral (@TheNBACentral) May 13, 2022 There’s some obvious history between Butler and the Sixers, with the franchise deciding not to build around the six-time All-Star following a trade for him during the 2018-19 season, instead shipping him to Miami in a sign-and-trade. Philadelphia kept their young superstars in place with Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons and gave Harris a five-year, $180 million max deal. Harris has been good, but not great, while Butler has thrived in Miami, helping make the Heat a perennial contender with...
    Getty Tobias Harris has been the X-factor for the Sixers, especially his defense against Pascal Siakam. Joel Embiid made the game-winning shot to stun the Toronto Raptors in Game 3. It was a designed play coming out of a timeout, one that quieted a rather obnoxious Canadian fan base. But Embiid’s heroics might have been secondary to the job Tobias Harris did defending Pascal Siakam. He was the “unsung hero,” according to Sixers head coach Doc Rivers. The box score showed Harris had 11 points and 12 rebounds in 47 minutes. Rewind the game tape and study his movements. The 6-foot-8 forward matched Siakam’s minutes and shadowed him all night, holding the Raptors star to just 12 points on 6-of-16 shooting from the floor. It was a master class from a guy who doesn’t always get the credit he deserves. Harris also set the screen that freed up Embiid for that dagger triple to win it. “The unsung hero, I don’t even know what he scored, but Tobias Harris tonight was unbelievable,” Rivers told reporters. “He was all...
    Getty Images Tobias Harris The Philadelphia 76ers have made a strong impression in the first round of the playoffs as they’ve jumped out to a commanding 3-0 lead over the Toronto Raptors. Wednesday night’s game three was by far the closest of the series as Joel Embiid drained a three with 0.8 seconds remaining in overtime to win the game 104-101. While the Sixers’ playoff run has gotten off to a great start, the team still has a lot to prove. When the team traded for James Harden their expectations rose to winning an NBA championship.Proposed TradeWhen Harden joined the Sixers their offense flourished, but not everyone’s fit with Harden has been so seamless. Tobias Harris has played well in the playoffs so far, but he struggled when Harden joined the team. The changes the Sixers have made since Harden joined the team have also dropped Harris to the fourth scoring option. Due to Harris’s struggles, many have theorized that he’ll be traded this offseason. In a new article from Bleacher Report’s Zach Buckley, he proposes four offseason...
    Getty Tobias Harris celebrates after hitting a big shot against Milwaukee on March 29 in Philadelphia. The Philadelphia 76ers fell a few bounces short in what could very well be a preview of the Eastern Conference Finals on Tuesday night at Wells Fargo Center. The Sixers lost to the Milwaukee Bucks 118-116. It was a slog to start. James Harden carried them through a rough first quarter, with timely scoring from Tobias Harris. The Sixers trailed by as many as 11 points before taking a 10-point advantage into the halftime locker room. They couldn’t hold it. Joel Embiid snapped into MVP form while holding off a tough defensive effort from Brook Lopez. The All-Star center finished with 29 points and 14 rebounds. Harden had 32 points and 9 assists, with Harris posting a double-double (22 points, 11 rebounds). —Great Embiid hustle rebound—Great Giannis block—Oh and Harden’s 3 almost killed a guypic.twitter.com/BybJmabZcQ Read More From Heavy Bet $5, Win $150 Whether Your Team Wins or Loses During March Madness — Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) March 30, 2022 The latest Sixers...
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