Tobias Harris was a restricted free agent that a lot of teams with young talent looking to improve — read: Lakers — were going to chase come July 9.
The key word there is “were.”
Harris has reached a deal to stay with another up-and-coming team in Orlando. Shams Charnia of Real GM was the first report this.
This is a bit of a surprise for one reason: The Magic hired Scott Skiles as coach. Skiles had coached Harris in Milwaukee and buried him on the bench, not really giving him much run. It wasn’t until Harris was traded out from under Skiles thumb and he was in Orlando that he blossomed.
This is a good signing for the Magic, keeping a quality young forward in house, and doing so on a deal that will look like a steal as the salary cap spikes.