Tobias Harris signed a long-term $64 million deal with the Orlando Magic in the last offseason but the team is already willing to deal him this season before the trade deadline if they find a suitable deal and a trade parnter.
ESPN’s Marc Stein reported the status of Harris with Orlando saying that the forward is available for trades this season.
The Magic were one of the teams that had a nice start to the season but struggled recently and the franchise could be looking for trades that could get them back in playoff contention. The Magic have a record of 23 wins against 28 losses for 10th in the Eastern Conference.
Harris, who is playing in his fifth year in the league, averages 13.7 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.0 steals per game in 49 games in the 2015-2016 NBA Season.
Harris’ scoring is down this season after averaging 17.1 points last season. Harris was a member of the Milwaukee Bucks from 2011 to 2013 before the Magic acquired him in a trade.
Harris has started all 49 games he has played but the Magic are also very deep in the forward positions with the likes of Mario Hezonja and Aaron Gordon in the line-up. Other power forwards also include veteran Channing Frye and Andrew Nicholson.
The Magic picked Hezonja high in the recent draft and are expected to groom him in the starting small forward role if they deal Harris out of Orlando.
Lots of teams are expected to show interest in Harris with the trade deadline nearing. NBA title contenders can also use his versatility and athleticism at either the small or power forward spots.
Some playoff contenders that can use him this season are the Los Angeles Clippers, Atlanta Hawks and Chicago Bulls but it’s unclear what those teams can offer to convince the Magic to give up Harris.
Other teams, which are looking to turn the season around like the New Orleans Pelicans, Washington Wizards, Portland Trail Blazers and Sacramento Kings may also be interested in signing Harris.
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