He still carries the mindset of a low-level recruit who…

He still carries the mindset of a low-level recruit who did the daily chores of his best friend after he passed away in high school, the determined and undeterred collegian who was looked over at UCLA before becoming one of the league’s fiercest competitors. “He plays so hard, almost violently, you’ll have some concern [about whether he can] stay at that level for the amount [he makes]. I think he’s good this year and the next year, where he’ll be 32,” the executive said. “Then when he’s making $44 [million] and $47 million [in 2021-22 and ’22-23, respectively], there’s concern. Can he play at that level? He doesn’t have the kind of game that ages well. He’s not a jump shooter. So much of what he does depends on athleticism. He still has that fire in his belly, but does he have the necessary skills to fall back on? I don’t think you want to gut your team to get him because he’ll be alone and he’ll be frustrated. You’ll need pieces around him for the things he doesn’t do.”
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July 19, 2019 | 9:30 pm EDT Update
Harris said his father/agent had arranged meetings with other teams, but those never came to fruition because the Sixers’ deal got done. Harris referred to a potential Knicks’ meeting only as a “what-if.’’ Asked what he expects from the Knicks this season, Harris was dismissive. “I don’t play for the Knicks,’’ he said. “I don’t care about the Knicks. I’m not going to waste my energy.”
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