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Tobias Harris seeks near-max offer in free agency, according to report

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Orlando's 22-year-old gadget forward could reportedly command an annual salary in the mid-teens, and Orlando may not match it.

Tobias Harris
Tobias Harris
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As Shams Charania of RealGM reports, a maximum or near-maximum offer sheet for Tobias Harris may be too rich for the Orlando Magic to match. Among the teams expected to make a push to lure Harris from Orlando are the Boston Celtics and Detroit Pistons.

As Harris will be a restricted free agent, the Magic have the right of first refusal when it comes to retaining his services. However, the Magic will "likely" not match a max offer, says Charania, "given the course of extension talks last October and their current team salary structure."

Harris and the Magic could not reach terms on a contract extension prior to the 2014/15 season, and Harris strong performance in the ensuing season increased his value around the league. The Tennessee product averaged 17.1 points, 6.3 rebounds, 1.8 assists, and one steal per game in his fourth season, shooting 46.6 percent from the floor and 36.4 percent from three-point range. His offensive and positional versatility makes him valuable to an Orlando team sorely lacking in scoring punch.

One story widely circulated among Magic fans explains why Harris is the league's most underrated player, given how well his skills and size complement how the game has changed in recent years.

In addition to his on-court productivity, Harris stands as a positive force in the Orlando community. He shared the 2015 Rich and Helen DeVos Community Enrichment Award with teammate Victor Oladipo and was one of six finalists for the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award.

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