4 76ers Playing Their Last Season in Philadelphia This Year

With the way things have been shaping up, these four 76ers likely won't be in a Philadelphia jersey beyond the 2023-24 NBA season.

James Harden is one of four 76ers who is likely playing his final season in Philadelphia this year.
James Harden is one of four 76ers who is likely playing his final season in Philadelphia this year. / Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
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2. Tobias Harris

It's hard to imagine the 76ers without Tobias Harris. After all, the veteran forward has been with the organization since he was acquired from the Clippers in a six-player deal back in January 2018.

Harris has gone on to suit up in 308 games in a Philly uniform, averaging 17.7 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 3.1 assists. While those numbers are far from the worst, they're disappointing given that the 31-year-old has been playing on a five-year, $180 million contract.

The former Tennesse Volunteer now enters the 2023-24 campaign as one of the NBA's most overpaid players. While some supporters might have faith in a turnaround, I doubt it. Harris' points and rebounding numbers have declined in each of the last, likely pointing to more regression on the way.

Harris is set to become a free agent next summer, but the fact that the Sixers haven't held any extension talks with him is telling. If he can't turn back the clock this season, what's the point of even thinking of bringing him back as a starter in 2024-25? Unless he's willing to take a pay cut, his spot and money can be used elsewhere.

There's also the possibility that Harris could be moved during the current season. His $39.2 million cap hit could come in handy if the 76ers need to match salaries or open up cap space to pull off another blockbuster deal to get Joel Embiid more help.

At the end of the day, there's good reason to believe this will be Harris' last year in Philadelphia.