HoopsHype Tobias Harris rumors


March 26, 2015 Updates

Will the Magic pay Tobias Harris? That is the magic question. Harris has posted a solid season since the Magic tabled extension talks in October. Harris is believed to be obtainable in free agency even though the Magic plan to issue a qualifying offer and restrict his free agency. There have been a number of teams linked to Harris including the Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks, Philadelphia 76ers and even Atlanta Hawks. Basketball Insiders

The Magic have the means to match anything offered to Harris in free agency. Given where the salary cap is headed, the Magic have to spend money and pretty soon they may have a hard time reaching the salary floor given where they are at in guaranteed money. The belief is that the Magic would match almost anything under $13 million a season, the question is will Harris get an offer sheet worth more than that number in July and will the Magic budge off their price range? Basketball Insiders

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Pistons general manager and coach Stan Van Gundy had a chance to lock up burly power forward Greg Monroe last summer with a long-term deal when he became a restricted free agent. Now Detroit could be burned. Despite all the talk about the Knicks’ 2015 cap space, several league executives think they’re going to have a hard time landing players given their bleak situation. They do believe the Knicks have a legitimate shot at two guys — Long Island’s Tobias Harris and Monroe. New York Post

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However, Harris thought that the New York Post tried to ruin the moment with Berman's article, which "erroneously" cited a fan saying his son wanted to play for the Knicks. "He kind of took away from the special moment that we had," Harris said. "The article was good, but he threw that in there ... Tobias didn't say that. People took that one little piece out and they ran with it." Gospel Herald

January 23, 2015 Updates

Harris has a big summer ahead, electing to become a restricted free agent rather than signing Orlando’s 4-year, $36 million extension offer. A source told The Post in November the Knicks are tops on his list. Thursday night, a close friend of Harris’ told The Post, “He wants to win a championship with the Knicks.’’ New York Post

January 22, 2015 Updates

Providence junior forward Tyler Harris has plans to enter the NBA Draft in June in spite of a puzzling role reduction that has fueled a belief that he’s being regressed to stay in school for his senior season of eligibility, sources told RealGM. One season after starting in all 35 games of Providence’s run to the NCAA Big East tournament championship, Harris has started 11 of 19 games. Harris – the younger brother of Orlando Magic forward Tobias Harris – has seen his minutes reduced by an average of 3.7 compared to a season ago when he played 32.2 per game. RealGM

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Evan Fournier and Tobias Harris are unlikely to play when the Orlando Magic face the Chicago Bulls tonight at the United Center. Fournier and Harris are recovering from injuries they suffered during the Magic’s loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night. Fournier sprained his right knee, while Harris sprained his left ankle. “I’ll talk to them,” Magic coach Jacque Vaughn said this morning. “The likelihood right now [is] that they will not play.” Orlando Sentinel

January 5, 2015 Updates

Harris is now averaging over 18 points a game and has improved nearly 15 percentage points from three to a really good 40 percent from beyond the arc. The Long Island native will be on the Knicks’ radar this offseason, according to a source, and will attract many teams this summer. For Harris, an uncertain future changed into one that will bring a major payday this July. SheridanHoops

December 29, 2014 Updates

Harris is reportedly looking for a contract in the $12-14 million per year range, and based on his play this season, he should be able to find a team willing to offer something close to that. Harris wants to remain in Orlando, according to league sources, and was hoping to sign an extension prior to the Oct. 31 deadline, but the two sides couldn’t reach a deal. In fact, the two sides didn’t even have advanced talks. According to sources close to the situation, Harris’ camp talked with Magic brass in September about the upcoming negotiations and agreed to talk numbers at a later date, but that conversation never happened. It seems that Orlando didn’t want to extend Harris, choosing instead to let the market set Harris’ price instead. The Magic extended center Nikola Vucevic, signing him to a four-year deal worth $48 million (plus incentives), but took a wait-and-see approach with Harris. Basketball Insiders

Magic general manager Rob Hennigan has said that he can’t envision a scenario where Harris isn’t on the team long-term, so it sounds like he’s planning to match any offer the forward receives. However, restricted free agency is an unpredictable process; nobody thought that Parsons would leave the Rockets or that Jeremy Lin would leave the New York Knicks when he was restricted either. Nobody knows what will happen in July. Basketball Insiders

The New York Knicks have been mentioned as possible suitor for Harris, as he is from Long Island and is good friends with Carmelo Anthony (they even work out together in the summer). The Los Angeles Lakers could be an option as well, since he would fit in with their young core and be the leading scorer that they need for life after Kobe Bryant. If teams like the Knicks and Lakers strike out on some of the big-name free agents, Harris could get a serious look. Basketball Insiders

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