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Tobias Harris agrees to deal with Sixers, his agent and father, Torrel Harris, confirms

Tobias Harris agrees to deal with Sixers, his agent and father, Torrel Harris, confirms

Tobias Harris’ stint in Philadelphia is going to be a lot longer than a few months.

The 26-year-old has agreed to a five-year, $180 million deal with the Sixers, his father and agent, Torrel Harris, confirmed to NBC Sports Philadelphia. Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium first reported the news.

Harris met with the Sixers at 6 p.m. Sunday, a league source confirmed. 

Sixers general manager Elton Brand acquired Harris from the Clippers in a February trade, along with Mike Scott and Boban Marjanovic. The team received Harris’ Bird rights in the process, meaning they were the only team who could offer him a five-year, $190 million deal. They ultimately agreed to a deal for $10 million less than the maximum.

“There's only so many players that are super stable in the NBA, let's just be upfront with that,” Harris said at his exit interview on May 13. “For me honestly, style of play is a huge thing. Culture. A chance to be able to win. Just being in the playoffs here and getting that feeling and seeing how bad that loss felt.”

He’ll have a chance to rectify the Sixers’ stinging Game 7 defeat to the Raptors in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Harris is thrilled to be running it back with the Sixers.

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He wrote a piece for ESPN Sunday night explaining his decision to return and his long-term vision.

As soon as I arrived from the LA Clippers in February, I could see the possibilities with this group of players, organization and city," Harris wrote. "We've got unfinished business, and I'm ready to commit to a long-term vision of bringing a title to Philadelphia. From the moment I arrived in Philadelphia, the city has embraced me. This is an incredible sports town and it's hungry for an NBA title. So are the Sixers -- and so am I.

Harris’ efficiency declined slightly during his time with the Sixers. He averaged 18.2 points, 7.9 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 27 regular-season games, shooting 32.6 percent from three-point range. His offensive production in the playoffs was underwhelming, with the exception of an outstanding Game 3 performance in the first round against the Nets. In the Sixers’ lone playoff game without Joel Embiid, Harris scored 29 points on 11 for 20 shooting and made all six of his three-point attempts.

The Sixers are betting that Harris’ shooting slump was a temporary issue, and that his best years are ahead of him. 

Harris seems to be well liked and well respected by his teammates. When the Sixers were struggling, he often emphasized the value of sharing the ball and having fun. Though there is much that happens behind the scenes that reporters cannot observe, Harris exuded class and professionalism in his interactions with the media. He made an immediate impact off the court in Philadelphia and was a finalist for the NBA Community Assist Award last season.

Brand will hope Harris can continue being a positive influence on the culture of the Sixers, and that his game thrives now that he has a long-term home. 

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There are positive signs, but still glaring issues with Sixers

There are positive signs, but still glaring issues with Sixers

After dropping their second straight game in overtime Friday night in Oklahoma City (see observations), the Sixers at times sounded like a team looking for answers.

More of that is likely struggling to answer questions coming off another brutal loss. They have an idea why they’ve lost five of their last seven after starting their season 5-0. A large part of it is a group with a bunch of new faces that are still figuring each other out. On Friday, fouls were an issue as they allowed the Thunder to attempt 41 free throws.

For a team that has championship aspirations and got off to such a hot start, this isn’t where they expected to be 12 games into the season.

“Obviously we're frustrated,” Tobias Harris said to reporters postgame. “7-5 is not where we want to be. It's early in the season and right now we're going to progress and get better and figure out ways that we can help each other and help our team and go from there. This game is over. Tomorrow, we'll watch film on it, we'll find out which ways that we can better ourselves and be ready for the next game. [We’re] 7-5 right now but ... we'll just go into the next game and be ready to get that win and go from there.”

There are reasons for optimism — with Harris being arguably the biggest.

After missing 23 straight threes and looking lost recently, Harris splashed his first trey of the game and looked like a totally different player. He finished with 21 points on 8 of 16 from the field and 3 of 4 from three. He was much more aggressive and decisive than he’d been in the previous two games.

Josh Richardson, returning to his native Oklahoma, has continued to show signs of improvement. He poured in 28 points, his highest total as a Sixer. More importantly, he’s looked much more comfortable in the offense as he figures out his role.

Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons both had their moments. Embiid had a game-high 31 points and Simmons broke out after a quiet first half to play the entire second half.

One of the team’s biggest issues is figuring out the pairing of Embiid and Al Horford. The reality is Horford has never played with a center like Embiid who demands the ball and attention offensively. It’s been an obvious adjustment for Horford, who shot just 5 of 12 Friday and has done most of his damage with Embiid off the floor.

The uncomfortable offensive fit for the entire starting five has been a big reason the Sixers have been involved in so many close games. A familiar theme emerged Friday, as the Sixers held a nine-point advantage with 7:20 to go in the game. Instead of hitting the gas and putting the Thunder away, they gave up a 12-2 run and saw their lead evaporate.

These are talented players that have won in different places. They’re still learning how to win together.

“I was just telling Al about that,” Harris said, “and really it's just I think a matter of right now we are yet to be up like eight points and push that to 15 and really push what we're doing and move forward with that, and really imposing our will and dominating. And that's something that we have to get to and that's something I think we're still learning — how we can do that and how we can make those type of runs. That's something we definitely got to get better at.”

The good news is you see the talent and recognize some of the issues.

And Brett Brown has 70 games to figure it out.

“If you're sick and you don't know why, that's a problem,” Brown said. “We are in a tough spot right now, but it's a long year. I think that it doesn't take much for me to understand where we have to get better. And it's really that simple. If you're scratching your head, sort of confused, then I think we got some problems and that's not what I'm doing. I think the guys understand the areas that matter most that can best impact changing the way things are going and get back on the winning side.”

They know the problems, now they just have to answer the questions.

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Sixers Talk podcast: What went wrong in OKC?

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Sixers Talk podcast: What went wrong in OKC?

Danny Pommells and Paul Hudrick discuss Brett Brown's decision to have Furkan Korkmaz play key minutes in overtime, using more pick-and-rolls with Joel Embiid, and the loss to the Thunder.

• Should Brown have gone to Korkmaz when Tobias Harris fouled out in overtime?

• Do the Sixers need to rework their offense?

• The starting lineup looked good at times, but what went wrong in OKC?

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