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BREAKING: Tobias Harris Staying in Philadelphia with Five-Year Contract

Tobias Harris Philadelphia 76ers
Photo courtesy of AP Photo/Matt Slocum

With rumors of Jimmy Butler departing, the Philadelphia 76ers have locked up forward Tobias Harris with a huge five-year, $180 million contract.

The 76ers were looking to make a title run last season and acquired Harris from the Los Angeles Clippers in February. In 27 games with the team, he averaged 18.2 points, 7.9 rebounds, and 2.9 assists while shooting 46.9 percent from the field. Unfortunately, after shooting 43.4 percent on threes with the Clippers, he shot just 32.6 percent from beyond the arc with the 76ers.

Harris has played with five different NBA franchises, continually improving his overall game each step of the way. He can also effectively guard multiple positions and has a perfect role with the 76ers.

This contract should carry the 26-year-old through his prime with Philadelphia. Along with Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons, the 76ers should remain a serious Eastern Conference contender for the foreseeable future. The team also re-signed Mike Scott in a depth role on Sunday.

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