Tobias Harris has been a major topic of conversation surrounding the Philadelphia 76ers ever since he signed his five-year max contract worth $180 million in the summer of 2019. Harris has been widely regarded amongst fans, analysts, and executives as a massive overpay and one of the most untradeable contracts in the league. That narrative has followed his career throughout the contract’s life and is persisting even today, even as Harris enters his final season under contract.
Despite his deal expiring, he still has some stink on him as a trade acquisition for a team, which is usually an attractive component for a team to trade for him. Coming up with trade ideas for Harris is a difficult and thoughtful task. the team will certainly be kicking the tires on the idea again this off-season. The looming shadow over those Sixers’ plans is James Harden’s contract situation. The idea of running it back with some more changes seems like Philadelphia’s best option for the 2023-2024 season to win a championship. Ultimately The Philadelphia 76ers stay in the James Harden business and he decides to try to make himself more valuable again. Both parties work a 1+1 contract worth $80 million total where Harden has the option to return to Philly.
In the hypothetical, at least the James Harden situation is taken care of. This allows the 76ers’ basketball brain trust to seek out trades for Tobias Harris. A murky trade market for Harris is a puzzle that will need to be solved. It won’t be easy as Daryl Morey and company will need to get creative to retain a championship-level contending roster for the upcoming season. Here are four realistic Tobias Harris trades that will allow the Sixers to run it back with the core of Joel Embiid, James Harden, and Tyrese Maxey.