Just prior to the trade deadline in 2013, the Orlando Magic dealt a package featuring guard J.J. Redick to the Milwaukee Bucks for a package highlighted by forward Tobias Harris. Although he has battled through injuries, Harris has become a very good player recently and with guard Arron Afflalo now with the Denver Nuggets, Harris will likely enter the 2014-2015 season as the Magic’s top scoring option.
Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders points out Harris is looking for a new deal this summer.
Harris’ camp wants a new deal this summer and the Magic have agreed to talk about the subject, but given where Orlando is at in their rebuild committing a huge number to Harris seems unlikely. Although, there is a sense that if the Magic make a reasonable market-based offer, Harris might take it.
Word is Harris is atop a number of team’s wish list, so if the Magic don’t want to pay him this summer, there is a strong chance he gets a sizable offer sheet next summer.
The Magic would be bidding against themselves in a deal now, so it’s unlikely an extension gets reached, but it does seem like Harris’ camp is open to one if the Magic will come with the right kind of offer.
Magic center Nikola Vučević is also reportedly looking for an extension.
Harris put up 14.6 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game while shooting 46.4% from the field, 25.4% from beyond the arc and 80.7% from the charity stripe. In his career, he’s averaged 10.8 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game while shooting 46.1% from the floor, 28.0% from three and 79.1% from the free throw line.
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