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January 12, 2015 Updates

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

December 27, 2014 Updates

Midway through the third, Harris was facing up James on the baseline and to create some separation; he flung his elbows around in the vicinity of James' face. James backed up to avoid the connection, but he took exception and said something to Harris. The two jawed back and forth at one another and had to be separated. While walking away, Harris yelled, "Stop flopping." "He barked up the wrong tree," the Cavs' Dion Waiters said of Harris after the game. Cleveland Plain Dealer

The four-time MVP proceeded to trot past Orlando's bench to have a few words before taking his foul shots. Just like that, James was awakened. "That's the best player in the world," the Cavs' Kevin Love said. "That's something you don't want to do." From that point on James dominated Harris, going 5-of-7 in the final 17 minutes. He scored 15 of his game-high 29 points in the fourth. After that alteration with James, Harris only scored one point. He finished with 17 points on 6-of-12. Cleveland Plain Dealer

Why would Harris do such a thing when his team had the momentum for much of the game? "I have no idea. I have no idea," James responded. "I have zero problems with Tobias Harris. I don't. I have no problems with him. I don't know what he has with me, but I have zero problems with Tobias Harris." Did Harris learn a lesson? "I'm not going to back down from anybody. That's my game," Harris said. "I'm going to give you 100 percent every night no matter who it is. I know we got into a little talking, that's all part of the game. It's just to fire my team up, that's it." Cleveland Plain Dealer

December 14, 2014 Updates

Just a couple nights ago Orlando lost at the buzzer on a Bradley Beal alley-oop. Saturday night the Magic were down one with 3.4 seconds to go after Tobias Harris split a pair of free throws (then forced a Hawks miss). They inbounded the ball to Tobias Harris out top, who drives left and goes up at the elbow, draining the rainbow. NBCSports.com

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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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