The Los Angeles Clippers offered a contract extension to 26-year-old forward Tobias Harris. He turned it down according to Turner Sports NBA reporter David Aldridge. Harris will be using the upcoming season to “bet on himself” and receive a big payday next offseason.
Harris will be an unrestricted free agent after this season. He turned down the Clippers four-year, $80 million contract extension. This was after Harris and the Clippers had an “amicable” conversation about the situation, according to Aldridge.
“I think that as a player you never know, but just to get that offer was an amazing feeling,” Harris said. “For me, I’m a kid who puts everything into the game and to have an organization come to me with that offer and to be able to present that was really big accomplishment. It showed that the team valued me as a player.”
What can happen for Harris
Next season, Harris will try to play well enough to earn a five-year, $188 million max deal with the Clippers. He can get a four-year, $145.5 million deal with another team. He will be apart of a talented 2019 free agent class that includes Kawhi Leonard, Kyrie Irving, DeMarcus Cousins, Jimmy Butler and Klay Thompson.
“Obviously there is a bigger market next summer. But at the same time, when I’m in season and I have that uniform on, that’s the only team that I’m focused on and that’s the only teammates that I’m going to war with.”
In 32 games with the Clippers last season, Harris showcased his talents. He averaged 19.3 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.1 assists while shooting 41 percent from the 3-point line. Along with guard Lou Williams, Harris will anchor the Clippers offense throughout the season that can help get the type of contract he is seeking.
“One thing that I kind of stick to and what our team sticks to is earning what my value is as a player,” Harris said. “That’s the biggest thing is going out and earning it. Whether it’s that number at the end of the next summer or whatever else the number is.”
Harris is currently attending the Team USA basketball mini camp. It is an opportunity to see where Harris stacks up against the elite players around the NBA.