We’ve heard the phrase “run it back” before and more than a couple of times in this city alone.

What the Sixers are doing this year is indeed running it back. With the exception of newcomers like PJ Tucker, Danuel House, and De’Anthony Melton they look to have a very similar roster to the roster from a season ago. They have resigned James Harden to a two-year deal, they have the runner up MVP back and a developing Tyrese Maxey back as well, so where does that leave Tobias Harris?

Harris has been passed around quite a bit since his debut in 2011. He has played with the Bucks, Magic, Pistons, and Clippers before coming over to Philadelphia at the 2019 trade deadline. The question must be raised, is it possible to win with a player like Tobias Harris?

Harris has failed to live up to the massive five-year deal he signed in the summer of 2019. Since signing the contract, Harris has proven time and time again that he is unable to be relied upon to be the main option on the offensive side of the ball but that does not mean he is not a very good role player.

When answering the question of whether or not Tobias Harris will be back in the red, white, and blue it’s all a matter of how big the Sixers will go this offseason.

The only way that Harris will not be back is if the Sixers need to move him in order to take on another max contract with a player like Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, or Bradley Beal. If you believe the Sixers will legitimately acquire another superstar talent this season, it’s impossible for Harris to be back.

If you’re asking if the Sixers will move Harris just to move him, the answer is probably no. Even though he will never live up to the contract he received a couple of years ago, there is no doubt he is more of a benefit to the team than a burden. Harris will have his hot streaks and his cold streaks, it is up to the rest of the talent around him to hide him during his low points.

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