Tobias Harris had identified the Philadelphia 76ers as a potential free agent destination this offseason even before he was traded there by the Los Angeles Clippers.
"I was excited," said Harris when he was asked how he reacted to his trade. "The talent level of this group and the opportunity … it didn’t catch me off-guard, but the talent was exciting. I saw the group they put together, with Joel (Embiid), Ben (Simmons) and Jimmy (Butler), and to be part of that was all I could ask for. It’s a lot of talent in one mix, so I knew we’d have stuff to figure out."
Harris has become the glue between the top four players of the 76ers, which is a role he has embraced.
“100 percent, I see myself as the connector here,” Harris told The Athletic. “Just having these games so far, and the way I’m playing, I think guys are realizing that I’m here for one reason. It’s to help this team get to the championship, and be a force around the league. I think guys are respecting and noticing that.
“That’s a good way of putting it: Being the connector.
“Help bring guys together. I’ve been around the game a minute now. It’s my eighth year now, and I’ve seen different personalities and different teammates. I know how to communicate with every type of guy.”