NBA free agency rumors: Pelicans considering signing Tobias Harris

By E.Jay Zarett 27 June 2019 344
NBA free agency rumors: Pelicans considering signing Tobias Harris

Tobias Harris has another suitor.

The Pelicans have expressed interest in the 26-year-old forward, according to a report from The Athletic, which cites unidentified league sources. The Mavericks, Grizzlies, Jazz and Nets are reportedly all also considering adding Harris.

The Clippers could pursue Harris, as well, if they miss out on Kawhi Leonard this summer, while the 76ers want to re-sign him, the report says. Los Angeles sent Harris to the 76ers at the 2018-19 trade deadline.

Harris has bounced around the NBA and has played for five teams in eight seasons, averaging 15.4 points per game while shooting 36.4% from 3-point range in 546 career appearances.

“There's only so many players that are super stable in the NBA, let's just be upfront with that,” Harris said about his approach to free agency last month. “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.”

The Pelicans, meanwhile, have already undergone a major roster overhaul this offseason. They completed one of the biggest trades in NBA history earlier this month when they sent Anthony Davis to the Lakers in exchange for Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and three first-round picks.

New Orleans also selected former Duke star Zion Williamson with the No. 1 pick in the 2019 draft last week.

"(Williamson) is not somebody who is supposed to be the savior of this franchise," New Orleans executive vice president of basketball operations David Griffin told reporters after the draft. "That's not what this is. This is a 19-year-old kid who's going to spend this year learning how to play winning NBA basketball.”

The Pelicans also added Jaxson Hayes, Nickeil Alexander-Walker and Marcos Louzada Silva in the draft and have been linked to Al Horford.

 

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