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Philadelphia 76ers to retain Tobias Harris with five-year, $180 million deal

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Connor Grott
Philadelphia 76ers forward Tobias Harris met with 76ers management and quickly reached an agreement Sunday. File Photo by Peter Foley/UPI
Philadelphia 76ers forward Tobias Harris met with 76ers management and quickly reached an agreement Sunday. File Photo by Peter Foley/UPI | License Photo

June 30 (UPI) -- Free-agent forward Tobias Harris agreed to a five-year, $180 million deal to return to the Philadelphia 76ers, league sources told ESPN and NBC Sports.

The contract doesn't include a player option, according to ESPN. Harris confirmed the agreement in a letter Sunday.

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"There's nothing about my NBA journey that I would change," Harris wrote. "The teams, the cities, the teammates, the fans have all helped me grow into the player and person that I've become. Every time I moved, I saw the bright side. Always, I saw opportunity.

"Still, I want to be somewhere that I can call home. Finally, I can do that now: I'm a Philadelphia 76er."

Harris met with 76ers general manager Elton Brand and other team officials Sunday at the Sixers' practice facility and quickly reached a deal, according to ESPN. The forward originally joined Philadelphia in February after being traded away by the Los Angeles Clippers.

The 26-year-old forward has played with the Orlando Magic, Detroit Pistons, Milwaukee Bucks, Clippers and 76ers in his eight-season NBA career. He averaged 20.0 points, 7.9 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game in 82 regular-season contests this season.

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"In every way, I am thrilled to be staying with the 76ers and getting to work on everything -- playing with my teammates again, impacting young people and, yes, bringing a championship back to Philadelphia," Harris wrote. "I can't wait to get started."

NBA free-agent contracts can't be officially signed until July 6.

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