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Veteran Tennessee NBA Star Expected to Move Teams During Offseason

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Former Tennessee players Tobias Harris and Grant Williams battling in the NBA Playoffs. Photo via Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) on Twitter.

With Philadelphia’s win over the Miami Heat in the play-in tournament, the 76ers are now set to take on the New York Knicks in the first round of the 2024 Playoffs, starting this Saturday.

But even with the team preparing for a full seven-game series, rumors around former Tennessee Vol Tobias Harris have been abundant on social media.

According to a report from the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Keith Pompey on Friday morning, Harris’ tenure with the 76ers is expected to come to a close this offseason. Harris was originally traded from the Los Angeles Clippers to the Philadelphia 76ers in February 2019, where he has been ever since.

Pompey’s report also states that the Detroit Pistons are expected to be one of the frontrunners for Harris’ services if he decides not to return to Philadelphia. Harris was traded from Orlando to Detroit during the 2015-2016 season, only to be dealt from Detroit to Los Angeles during the 2017-2018 season.

“Playing in Philadelphia has been unsettling for him over the years,” Pompey wrote for the Philadelphia Inquirer. “And he’ll undoubtedly take the blame if there’s an early exit from the playoffs this year.”

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Harris has been in the league since being selected with the 19th overall pick in the 2011 draft. Harris is the highest-drafted former Tennessee player since 2011, but that will likely get surpassed by Dalton Knecht with a projected lottery pick in this year’s draft.

In another coincidental connection, if Harris does wind up going to Detroit this offseason, it will be in the same building in which Tennessee last played during the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament.

Tobias Harris is averaging 17.2 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 3.1 assists per game this season for the 76ers.

Harris and the Sixers will square off against Jalen Brunson’s New York Knicks this Saturday evening at 6:00 p.m. ET in the first game of their series from Madison Square Garden.

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