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Tobias Harris makes his way back to the Orlando Magic
From 2013-16, Tobias Harris suited up in 205 games for the Orlando Magic. His tenure came to an end when he was dealt to the Detroit Pistons for Ersan İlyasova and Brandon Jennings.
Since being dealt, Harris has played for the Detroit Pistons, LA Clippers and Philadelphia 76ers, where he has spent the past five years.
The 30-year-old’s time in Philadelphia has seen him reshape his game. Next to Joel Embiid, James Harden and Tyrese Maxey, he has had to get comfortable in a smaller role.
Harris averaged just 14.7 points per game last season — his lowest since leaving Orlando. The drop in output did not hurt his efficiency though. Harris still shot 50.1 percent from the field and 38.9 percent from beyond the arc for Philly.
Despite the solid numbers, the narrative surrounding Harris has been predominantly negative due to his lucrative $39 million salary. It is fair, 15 points per game is not worth that large of a check in today’s NBA.
But Harris’ ability to take on a secondary scoring role could open the door for a return to the Magic.
He would likely make for a solid fit beside Paolo Banchero and Franz Wagner, providing Orlando with a reliable third option on offense without stunting the pairing’s growth. He would help solidify the Magic among the East’s contenders, should Orlando’s young duo continue to improve.
A realistic contract for Harris, if he was to return to the Magic, could be three or four years for $25 million each season.