Mavs reportedly plan to give Tobias Harris offer sheet

NBA.com Global on Jul 01, 2019 05:21 AM
Mavs reportedly plan to give Tobias Harris offer sheet
FILE - LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 16: Tobias Harris #34 of the LA Clippers passes the ball against the Utah Jazz on January 16, 2019 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Kemba Walker was, at times, reportedly one of the top targets on the Dallas Mavericks' free-agent radar. But with Walker seemingly set to ink a deal with the Boston Celtics later today, that option is apparently off the table for the Mavs.

That doesn't mean the Mavs will be quiet in free agency as they plan to make an offer to a big free agent this summer in Tobias Harris. However, as Brad Townsend of the Dallas Morning News reports, the Mavs are expecting the Sixers to pay more to keep Harris in the fold:

When the NBA free agency doors fling open at 5 p.m. Sunday, the Mavericks, from all indications, won't be in front of the line for any of the top-tier unrestricted free agents.

A league source said on Saturday that the Mavericks plan to submit a less-than-maximum offer for Philadelphia forward Tobias Harris, but the source added that Dallas fully expects the Sixers to "back up the truck" and keep Harris with a maximum contract.

Harris was dealt to the Philadelphia 76ers at midseason in 2018-19 and he was solid there, averaging 18.2 points, 7.9 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 27 games. Overall, he averaged 20 ppg, 7.9 rpg and 2.8 apg last season, which he split between the 76ers and LA Clippers.

Townsend reports the Mavs are expected to formalize a five-year, $158 million deal with Kristaps Porzingis. Additionally, the Mavs remain interested in Patrick Beverley, the Dallas Morning News reports.

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