76ers’ Tobias Harris is re-entering trade talks, per report

A few weeks into the 2022-23 NBA season, Philadelphia 76ers forward Tobias Harris is in familiar territory — in trade rumors. As the Sixers have begun checking in with teams around the league, Harris’ name has come up in conversations, according to Sams Harania of The Athletic. After the current campaign, Harris will have just one year and $39 million left on his contract.

From The Athletic:

76ers officials have begun routine check-ins with teams around the league ahead of the Dec. 15 deadline to trade players signed in the offseason, when trade talks begin to heat up. Philadelphia’s Tobias Harris has ended the 76ers’ talks with clubs so far, league sources said.

In his 12th NBA season, Harris has adjusted to a new role and has been viewed as a role model teammate and leader for the 76ers. He is averaging 14.7 points and 6.2 rebounds while attempting 12.1 field goals per game – his lowest since the 2015-16 season in Orlando.

This, of course, is not the first time Harris has heard his name in the rumor mill. In fact, he seems to have been constantly mentioned as a potential trade piece since signing long-term with Philadelphia in 2019. Additionally, he has been traded four times in the past during his career. First, he moved from the Milwaukee Bucks to the Orlando Magic in 2013. Then, in 2016, he was traded from the Magic to the Detroit Pistons. The Pistons sent him to the Los Angeles Clippers in 2018 and then he was traded to Philadelphia in 2019.

Just last season, Harris was tabbed as a player the Sixers could potentially move at the trade deadline, either by himself or in a bigger move that included Ben Simmons. Obviously, no such deal was reached, but such speculation still affects the player. Here is Harris’ response when I he asked if it bothered him which will be mentioned in the trade talks:

“That’s something I’d rather not talk about. That’s already taken a lot of energy out of me yesterday and today, and I want to move on from that,” Harris said. “But, this is my 11th year in the NBA. It’s not my first rodeo. It’s not the first time I’ve been in trade rumors and it probably won’t be the last. So that’s it.”

While you can’t blame Harris for not being thrilled with the idea of ​​a trade (again), you also can’t blame the Sixers for exploring the possibility. Improvement is the name of the game after all. This season, though, Harris did one great job embracing his role and as a catch-and-shoot player. That’s not to say the Sixers shouldn’t look to trade him if the right deal presents itself, but he’s certainly done what’s been asked of him.

The deadline is still a few months away, so a deal isn’t likely to be imminent, but you can certainly expect the rumor mill to heat up in the coming weeks and months, and Harris’ name will certainly come up again — but that’s nothing new for the veteran forward.

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