After more than a decade in the NBA and several years in Philadelphia, former Tennessee Volunteer Tobias Harris’ future with the 76ers might be up in the air.
Harris has widely been rumored as a trade piece for Philadelphia this offseason as the Sixers attempt to get over the Eastern Conference Finals hump. Despite not being dealt during last week’s 2023 NBA Draft, Harris is still hearing the chatter from “casual” Philadelphia fans.
The former Tennessee one-and-done player addressed the rumors during a recent interview with NBC Sports Philadelphia.
“Trade speculation, you know, casual Sixers fans, they’ll trade me for a Crumbl Cookie,” Harris said via NBC Sports. “But at the end of the day, they have to realize you’re not getting a 6-foot-nine forward back who can, you know, damn near shoot 40 percent from three, guard other teams’ best player, shoot, post-up, drive, play 70-plus games a year.”
Harris is a smart businessman. The NBA veteran recently invested in several Crumbl Cookies locations in the greater Philadelphia area. Hello, free marketing.
— Crumbl Cookies (@CrumblCookies) June 28, 2023
Harris averaged 14.7 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 2.5 assists per game during the 74 games that he played last season. The former Vol also started every game that he appeared in for the Sixers.
Ultimately, Harris’ career stats average 16.2 PPG, 6.1 RPG, and 2.3 APG. Harris is also set to become an unrestricted free agent following the 2023-2024 season.
After being brought into the league during the 2011 NBA Draft, Tobias Harris is the longest-active Tennessee player currently in the NBA. Following Harris is Josh Richardson (2015 NBA Draft) and then the pair of Grant Williams and Admiral Schofield from the 2019 draft.
Tennessee has sent four more players into the league over the previous three seasons with Keon Johnson and Jaden Springer in 2021, Kennedy Chandler in 2022, and Julian Phillips in 2023.
Johnson is with a young Portland Trail Blazers roster while Springer shares a spot with Harris on the Sixers roster. Chandler was waived by the Grizzlies during his rookie season this past April in order to make space on the roster for a playoff run.
Crumbl Cookies has opened up two locations in Knoxville since the beginning of June 2022.