They couldn’t let him leave now.
Shams Charania of The Athletic:
This isn’t quite Harris’ max ($189,903,600 over five years). But it’s more than his max with another team ($140,790,600 over four years).
Harris is a talented offensive player, and he’s just 26. This deal should age well.
And Philadelphia might not keep Butler. He remains an unrestricted free agent. With Harris already in the fold, the 76ers have more leverage now with Butler. They won’t be as desperate to keep the unsigned wing.
The 76ers can hold Harris at $22,200,000 against the cap then exceed the cap to re-sign him. They could re-sign Butler. Or they could open $37,505,179 in cap space to use on someone else. Al Horford, perhaps?