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Philadelphia 76ers Rumors: Jimmy Butler could head to New York, Brand wants to bring in a backup center, and more

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351   //    24 May 2019, 02:18 IST

Jimmy Butler is among the players being linked with an exit from the Philadelphia 76ers
Jimmy Butler is among the players being linked with an exit from the Philadelphia 76ers

Over the past 12 months, the Philadelphia 76ers have increasingly put all their resources into contending for a championship. The Sixers added both Jimmy Butler and Tobias Harris during the regular season, and many around the league predicted that Philadelphia would advance to the NBA Finals.

However, the Sixers were eliminated by Kawhi Leonard's Game 7 buzzer-beater, as Toronto stole a series that was Philadelphia's for the taking.

Both Butler and Harris will now hit free agency, and there are no assurances that either player will stay. Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons have also been linked with trades, and ahead of a busy summer, here are all the latest Philadelphia rumors you need to know.


Tobias Harris attracting interest from at least five teams

Tobias Harris played 27 times for the Sixers during the regular season
Tobias Harris played 27 times for the Sixers during the regular season

Tobias Harris joined just days ahead of the trade deadline, and his performances in a Philly jersey were slightly underwhelming. Yet, Keith Pompey of Philly.com is reporting that Harris is attracting plenty of interest from around the league:

According to several sources, the Sacramento Kings, Dallas Mavericks, Utah Jazz, Indiana Pacers and Brooklyn Nets are among the teams that will all go after the forward in free agency. All five teams can offer maximum-salary contracts.
By trading for Harris, the Sixers acquired his Bird rights. That enables them to offer him a five-year, $188 million max contract. Even though the Sixers can offer an extra season and an extra $47 million, Harris has leverage because he’s in demand.

Philadelphia secured Harris' signature by sending Wilson Chandler, Mike Muscala, Landy Shamet, and a number of future draft picks to the Clippers. In 27 appearances, Harris managed 18.2 points and 7.9 rebounds per game.

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