The Orlando Magic could have inked Tobias Harris to a long-term extension, possibly worth $12-13 million a year, before the 2014/15 NBA season began. They decided not to, says Basketball Insiders publisher Steve Kyler, because they wanted to be more sure his abilities matched that salary level.
And now, says Kyler, Harris' price has risen: the Tennessee product seems likely to get an offer in the $13-14 million per year range when he becomes a restricted free agent in July. While the Magic seem determined to discourage opposing teams from making such a rich offer, Harris' "camp" will, according to Kyler, seek an "unfavorable" offer sheet to try to force the Magic's hand.
Kyler's full report has more details on the situation between Orlando and its star combo forward.
Harris is posting per-game averages of 18.9 points, 7.9 rebounds, and 1.8 assists per game on 47.6 percent shooting from the floor and 43.4 percent shooting from three-point distance. All of those figures represent career-bests, and at 22, Harris is still far from his peak.
There's no question he's due for a big payday come July. The real intrigue: which team name will appear on the check?