Philadelphia 76ers: 5 players who won’t finish the season with the team

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4. Tobias Harris

To the relief of the entire city of Philadelphia that has long shoehorned him into their trade machine galores, Tobias Harris will soon come off the books as he’s set to enter the final season of his albatross five-year contract signed in 2019.

The 76ers were widely projected to double down on finding a taker for him during the offseason, but no deal materialized despite some interest. Harden’s trade request eventually cut short that trade window, meaning that Harris will continue to be on the roster and the starting unit for the team to start the season.

Sure, letting Harris’ deal expire will still benefit the 76ers due to the significant cap relief it entails, but depending on the situation, the front office can banner him as an instant salary filler for a much bigger deal as his expiring deal wouldn’t be a burden to teams that can take on his salary anyway.

Frankly, this will end up being a win-win situation for the 76ers. They either retain their starting forward who can still help them in bunches, or advance his exit with something in return.