The rumors started during the Nets-76ers series. Brooklyn, according to various reports, has the 6’9” stretch-4 on its short list, a hometown boy (Dix Hills, Long Island). As the 26-year-old proved vs. the Nets, he’s a versatile player not afraid of the big game. And he’s a high character guy, being one of the finalists for the NBA’s Community Assist Award.
Of course, he’s not Kevin Durant, not Kawhi Leonard, believed to be the Nets top targets but he’d be a huge upgrade nonetheless.
Earlier this week, Michael Scotto wrote the Nets were among four teams — as well as the Sixers — with interest.
Around the league, executives believe several other teams, such as Memphis, Utah, Dallas and Brooklyn, will also provide competition for Harris.
And back in January, Brian Lewis reported the Nets will have strong interest in Harris
NetsDaily can confirm the interest.
A lot of it is about the local connection, bringing him home as Kristian Winfield of SB Nation last week.
Tobias Harris’ high school coach just called into WFAN Radio. Asked if he will deliver Tobias to the Brooklyn Nets this summer, he jokes: “I cannot guarantee that, but I will do my best when I talk to over the summer.” Says Harris always comes back during the off-season.
There are deep local links to Brooklyn as well. Marc Berman of the Post reported last week Harris’ 94-year-old grandmother known as “Grandma B” has lived her whole life in Bedford-Stuyvesant.
Harris, in fact, used his trip to Brooklyn last weekend to pay “Grandma B’’ a visit.
“It’s always good playing here,’’ Harris told The Post after scoring 24 points with eight rebounds and six assists Saturday. “I love playing when family can come down. My grandma sits in her house in Brooklyn and I know she watches all the games. I got to see her [Friday] and she was telling me she still is watching all my games. She told me to get the win.’’
Harris has been non-committal about his future. Before being traded to the 76ers, he turned down LA’s five year, $80 million offer.
“We’ll see what happens and what the future holds,’’ said Harris, who played in high school at Half Hallow Hills West and Long Island Lutheran. “Only thing I’m locked in on is the playoffs and helping our team win and not looking ahead right now. I’m trying to stay in the moment.”’
His father —and agent— Torrel Harris agreed it’s too soon to talk about his future.
“We’re worried about the playoffs right now,’’ added Torrel Harris, wearing a Sixers cap. “We’re hoping the future is the 76ers. Tobias loves it in Philly. Let’s see if they can get to the championship and win a chip.”
Harris is on his fifth team in eight seasons, an extraordinary number for a player so talented. That’s led to rumors that Harris isn’t tough enough, as Berman reported.
Maybe so, but he played big when he needed to vs. the Nets. After a miserable Game 1, Harris shot 10-of-14 from three and averaged almost 10 rebounds while scoring at a 21 point per game clip over the last four.
The Sixers’ owner, Josh Harris, has said he wants to re-sign Harris and Jimmy Butler which would require him to pay out a ton of luxury taxes. It’s entirely possible that the Harris sweepstakes could become the latest rivalry between the two teams at opposite ends of the New Jersey Turnpike. That’s cool.
- The Nets’ competition for Tobias Harris comes into focus - Brian Lewis - New York Post