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The Philadelphia 76ers will have a full plate this offseason as they have three starters headed toward unrestricted free agency this summer — Jimmy Butler, Tobias Harris and J.J. Redick.
Harris will be on the radar of at least five teams, according to Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer, all of which have room to add a maximum-salary free agent when free agency tips off June 30 at 6 p.m.
The Sacramento Kings, Dallas Mavericks, Utah Jazz, Indiana Pacers and Brooklyn Nets will be among the teams to chase Harris in free agency.
The 76ers, whom traded for Harris with the Los Angeles Clippers at the Feb. 7 trade deadline, hold Harris’ Bird rights, meaning they can offer him the most-lucrative deal — a five-year, $188 million pact. The most another team could offer Harris would be a four-year deal for $141 million.
“I’ve gotten assurances from the managing partners that we can bring them back and sign them for what we need to sign them for,” Sixers general manager Elton Brand said the day after acquiring Harris in the multi-player exchange with the Clippers. “A lot of things need to happen before that. But we are all on board to keep this core together a long time.”
The 6-foot-9, 235-pound Harris is a multi-position, two-way player in the prime of his career, meaning the 26-year-old is sure to be chased by several teams.
He averaged 15.5 points and 9.2 rebounds in 12 playoff fames for Philadelphia this season. Harris will turn 27 on July 15.