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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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Matisse Thybulle, Jonah Bolden and T.J. McConnell are vacationing together during All-Star break

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Matisse Thybulle, Jonah Bolden and T.J. McConnell are vacationing together during All-Star break

Though the NBA All-Star festivities have officially come to an end, the Sixers aren’t set to play again for another three nights. When you’re an avid sports fan, that seems like an eternity.

What are Sixers fans supposed to do during this break while they wait for their favorite team to get back in action?

I suggest a daily dose of wholesome content.

Today's edition of wholesome content comes from a place of warmer weather, with Sixers old and new vacationing together.

That's right, Matisse Thybulle is currently on vacation with former Sixers T.J. McConnell and Jonah Bolden. The past and present of fan favorites have come together to enjoy the little break in their hectic schedules.

And by the look of things, they're definitely enjoying themselves with ... whatever they're doing here.

And when the players are on the court, fans care about their shoe choice  — so the same should apply off the court, right?

With that being said, Thybulle went with a white croc and is rockin' them. One might even say ... crockin' them. Yes, I actually wrote that.

Anyways, the Sixers are back in action Thursday night when they host the Nets. Then and only then will the bad puns stop ... maybe.

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The fun Joel Embiid-Ben Simmons moment you might've missed during All-Star Game in Chicago

The fun Joel Embiid-Ben Simmons moment you might've missed during All-Star Game in Chicago

There’s been a lot made of Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons’ fit on the court. In the past, there have been rumblings of the pair not necessarily getting along off it.

During All-Star Weekend in Chicago, the pair seemed to get along swimmingly.

But there was this fun moment we likely all missed initially.

While it’s true that they’re very different people and may not be best friends, it seems like they have a mutual respect and admiration for one another.

Both players shined throughout the night. Simmons (17 points, six rebounds, five assists, two steals) put on a show during his first run, dunking everything in sight. Team Giannis basically ran their offense through Embiid (22 points, 10 rebounds, one ridiculous Dream Shake on LeBron) down the stretch.

Their chemistry appears to be growing. That could only help the Sixers as they look to go on a run in the final 27 games after the All-Star break.

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