On Wednesday, Tobias Harris was traded from the Los Angeles Clippers and sent to the Philadelphia 76ers before the trade deadline arrived. This was the fifth time Harris was traded and the Sixers will be the fourth team he has played for since he was drafted in 2011. So, after bouncing around in the NBA earlier in his career it makes sense that Harris wants to be in Philadelphia for a long time. Following comes from NBC Sports:
“The top of the list for me is winning culture and No. 2 is loyalty. Just finding the right situation for team basketball, a winning culture, and loyalty from both sides. This team has made a big trade and I’m hopeful it can be a long-term partnership.”
Currently, the Sixers are fifth in the East standings with a 34-20 record and with the moves made at the deadline they want to make a push to represent the East in the NBA Finals. Harris understands the Sixers situation and hopes he can help the team in every way he can.
“We understand the team invested a lot in us. It was a big move. It was a win-now move. That means a lot. This is already a winning culture and we look to bring our games to it and help as best we can.”
The Sixers are also hopeful that they can bring Harris back to the team in the offseason. The Sixers GM Elton Brand said to Derek Bodner from The Athletic that he has the support to bring back not only Harris but also Jimmy Butler, who joined the team earlier this season.
Elton Brand on whether it's possible to bring back both Jimmy Butler and Tobias Harris this summer: "Absolutely. I've gotten all assurances from the managing partners that we can bring them back and sign them." #sixers
— Derek Bodner (@DerekBodnerNBA) February 8, 2019