It is that time of year again where the season is over, the NBA draft is over, and NBA free agency is about to begin. There are many talented free agents on the market, like Marc Gasol, LaMarcus Aldridge, Kevin Love, Jimmy Butler and even LeBron James has opted out of his contract with Cleveland, even though he will probably end up staying put in Cleveland. There is one name that really might not seem like a big-time free agent this time last year, but after an impressive season with the Orlando Magic, Tobias Harris has made himself a target of many teams, including the Boston Celtics.
The Celtics do not have the appeal to big named free agents like Gasol, Aldridge,and Love, but the Celtics might be able to snag a middle-tier free agent that has the potential to be a great NBA player. He is a very versatile 6-foot-9 forward that can play many positions, and he can shoot the ball from deep. He averaged 17.1 PPG and 6.3 RPG last season. Harris is a player that can really get it going on the offensive end at times, and when he is on, he can put up huge numbers. Harris would fit really well on the Celtics because he would be able to stretch the floor, and he can guard most small forwards and power forwards because of his size and strength. He shot 36.4 percent from the three-point line last season, and he still has room for improvement.
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Harris is searching for a maximum contract, or at least a near-max deal, which seems a little out of reach for Harris, but he also might be worth it, especially with the new NBA TV deal, which will make the salary cap go up. Many players that might not be maximum players last year, might be maximum players this upcoming season. The Magic will likely not offer Harris a big contract deal, which is why Boston, Detroit, and a few other teams are his best chance of getting a maximum deal.
Harris is one of the only free agents that Boston has a shot of signing this offseason. Harris will not lead this team to glory, but he is a piece that can start to attract more middle tier free agents, that can hopefully lead to superstar free agents in the future. Harris is still very young, and he would help out the Celtics tremendously on the offensive end if he signed with Boston.
Now, the Celtics will need to think if he is worth a maximum deal or not? If the Celtics believe he is, then he might be wearing green and white next season.
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