Tobias Harris is going to be a potentially sneaky good pick up for some team this summer.
Orlando’s athletic combo forward will be a restricted free agent after turning down a four-year, $36 million extension offer. He has taken steps forward with his game this season — he is a great finisher around the rim (70 percent shooter in the restricted area) who has found his jumper and is hitting 40.7 percent from three this season. He also doesn’t fear the big moment. He’s got a few things to learn still but would be a quality could fit on a lot of teams.
But if Harris had his preference, the Long Island native would love to play for the Knicks.
That rumor comes courtesy Marc Berman of the New York Post.
A source told The Post in November the Knicks are tops on his list. Thursday night, a close friend of Harris told The Post, “He wants to win a championship with the Knicks.’’
So he plans to play for the Knicks until 2050?
(Sorry, couldn’t resist, it was just sitting on the tee.)
Harris is the kind of versatile talent the Knicks could use — he would fit the triangle offense. He can stretch the floor, attack off the dribble, runs the floor well and will move without the ball. The Knicks should have a conversation with his agent.
That said, here are the real priorities for Harris as a free agent:
No matter what any young player may say, getting paid trumps all. After that there are two other issues of note in Harris landing with the Knicks.
First, the Magic have the right to match any offer as Harris is just a restricted free agent. And they like him, meaning the Knicks would likely have to overpay to get him. I like Harris, but he’s not the guy you overpay to get.
Second, last time I looked the Knicks have an expensive combo forward. Not that Harris and Carmelo Anthony couldn’t play next to each other, but the franchise may have other, more pressing needs.
Still, something to watch.