HoopsHype Tobias Harris rumors

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Harris, who came into Wednesday’s game against the Knicks second on the Magic in scoring at 17.5 points per game, said his only focus right now is trying to help Orlando win as many games as possible. ``My thoughts are just that I’m all about being for my team right now. I’m all about where I’m at right now and that’s with the Orlando Magic,’’ Harris stressed. ``I’m not worried about (free agency) at all. I just want to help my team be the best that we can be. Each and every day I pride myself on helping my teammates helping us get better as a team and winning games. That’s my focus.’’ NBA.com

November 12, 2014 Updates

``My thoughts are just that I’m all about being for my team right now. I’m all about where I’m at right now and that’s with the Orlando Magic,’’ Harris stressed. ``I’m not worried about (free agency) at all. I just want to help my team be the best that we can be. Each and every day I pride myself on helping my teammates helping us get better as a team and winning games. That’s my focus.’ NBA.com

Harris, who is in his third season with the Magic after coming to Orlando via a trade in February of 2013, said he isn’t allowing his focus to stray to when he can become a free agent in July. He said that while he was disappointed that he didn’t secure a four-year contract extension last month, he had no hard feelings toward the Magic and his first option is to remain in Orlando. ``It’s not personal; it’s just business. That’s the way you’ve got to look at it,’’ Harris said. ``We’re past that point (for a contract extension). There’s no hard feelings at all and it’s just business. As a basketball player this is my job, this is what I come out to do and this is what I love to do. It’s all about how I approach the game and help my team now." NBA.com

The source pointed out that the 6-foot-9 Harris plays well alongside Knicks star Carmelo Anthony. The pair worked out together multiple times this summer at Terminal 23, Anthony’s midtown gym. “They play well together,” the confidant said. “Carmelo always had him on his team when Kevin Durant came to town and they would win every game.” The Knicks Blog

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Harris is in a unique position, where the stakes are high for him and the Magic. Somebody will pay him, but the count and the amount will all depend on how he performs this season in Orlando. Talk about your incentive clauses. Harris rolled the dice, too, in turning down the guaranteed security of a Magic contract offer (although Harris says “the Magic never negotiated.”) Orlando Sentinel

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Harris has said he wants to remain with the Magic long term, and Magic GM Rob Hennigan has said he envisions Harris remaining with the team for the long term. In restricted free agency, the Magic will be able to match any offer sheet Harris signs with another team. The danger is that another team will sign Harris to an offer sheet so expensive that the Magic will not want to match that figure. But the team is willing to take that risk. Orlando Sentinel

The Orlando Magic and Harris did not reach a contract extension agreement before the 11:59 p.m. Friday deadline, leaving the 22-year-old combo forward on track to become a restricted free agent in July. "It's business," Harris said. "It's a little disappointing. But at the same time, I'll just approach it the same way." Orlando Sentinel

November 1, 2014 Updates

Orlando Magic forward Tobias Harris is on track to become a restricted free agent in July after Harris and the Magic did not reach a contract extension agreement before the 11:59 p.m. Friday deadline, according to an industry source familiar with the situation. Under the rules of the collective bargaining agreement between the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association, teams have until the end of Oct. 31 to reach a contract extension with former first-round picks who have completed three seasons and have had their third- and fourth-year team options exercised. Harris has said he wants to remain with the Magic long term, and Magic GM Rob Hennigan has said he envisions Harris remaining with the team long term. Orlando Sentinel

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The Orlando Magic and Tobias Harris exchanged numbers on a new deal, but there hasn’t been any real progress since. Orlando says all the right things about Harris’ future with the team, but it looks like he’s headed to free agency rather than take Orlando’s offer. Basketball Insiders

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