The NBA's most interesting journeyman has reached the open market.
While never an All-Star, Tobias Harris has often produced like one, most recently providing 20 points per night and compiling a brilliant 48.7/39.7/86.6 shooting slash. But for one reason or another, he's yet to find his long-term hoops home.
He has donned five different jerseys over his first eight seasons and never spent three full campaigns in the same spot.
Maybe this summer will finally supply that elusive stability.
The 26-year-old should be highly sought-after as a multifaceted forward built for the modern game. He could opt to run it back with the Philadelphia 76ers, who fell one win shy of an Eastern Conference Finals appearance, or he might seek greener pastures and greater offensive responsibilities elsewhere.
Based on what likely suitors have to offer, we have assembled his five best landing spots.
5. Dallas Mavericks
With Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis starring in the Dallas Mavericks' Steve Nash-Dirk Nowitzki reboot, the club can't wait to start courting potential supporting actors.
"It's going to be a very interesting and opportunistic summer," Mavs president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson said, per Brad Townsend of the Dallas Morning News. "We certainly are positioned to make some noise. ... We're ridin' the Luka wave and the Kristaps wave and trying to surround these guys with the right young core."
Porzingis, a restricted free agent, needs a new deal to become a fixture in the franchise's future. But look at Nelson's quote. Clearly, the unicorn has been ticketed for a starring role.
It isn't hard to picture Harris slotting between Dallas' new building blocks as a mismatch scoring forward.
A 40.5 percent three-point splasher the past two seasons, he'd add value as an off-ball decoy and drive-and-kick safety valve. But he can also function as a temporary offensive hub, possessing the pull-up three-point shooting (41.3 percent) and post-up touch (48.4 percent) to shred defenders inside and out.
But should the Mavs and Harris come together this summer, they may not do so as the other's first, second or even third choice.
If Dallas wants an accelerator, it can pursue higher-profile, more productive options such as Kemba Walker, Jimmy Butler or Khris Middleton. Harris could find clubs closer to winning, closer to home or closer to both. Maybe there's mutual interest between them, but they could regard the other as a consolation prize.
4. New York Knicks
The last time Harris neared the open market, he was said to have eyes for the New York Knicks. Coming home reportedly piqued the interest of the Long Island product, a Harris confidant told SNY.tv's Adam Zagoria.
This was back in 2014, so the prospect of playing with Carmelo Anthony did, too.
The Blue and Orange still have that hometown allure, and maybe that's enough to grab Harris' attention. But it's worth remembering everything about this team is now different from what it was then—new players, new coach, new front office.
Oh yeah, and who knows how much of next season's roster is actually in place. Just four players have guaranteed contracts for 2019-20, and some of them could even be up for grabs should the 'Bockers find their way into the Anthony Davis sweepstakes.
The Knicks are preparing to pursue just about everyone, from Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving (as a package deal) on down. But they scoutedHarris' playoff run, so there's some level of interest on their side. Maybe he's Plan B (or C or D), but he's in the discussion nonetheless.
Still, unless he's dead set on suiting up inside Madison Square Garden, he can probably find more appealing options than New York's blank canvas. While the Knicks attempt to sell him on a vision, others can provide more tangible paths to team success.
3. Philadelphia 76ers
If Harris wants a reason to stay, the Sixers could give him 190 million to think about.
He may not look like a max-contract player to everyone, but that doesn't matter. He can create shots for himself and others, drain long-distance daggers at an elite rate and initiate pick-and-roll offense as a 6'9" combo forward. That unique skill set should elicit a max offer from someone, which would effectively establish the going rate for Philly.