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Pistons bring back Tobias Harris

July 3, 2024

Pistons bring back Tobias Harris

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN on Monday, the Detroit Pistons have signed power forward Tobias Harris of Islip, New York. The terms of the deal were two years and $52 million.

This will be the second time Harris would have played for the Pistons. He previously played two seasons for them from 2016 to 2018. In 157 games, Harris averaged 16.8 points per game, 5.3 rebounds per game, and 1.9 assists per game. He had a field goal percentage of .470, three point percentage of .376 and a free throw percentage of .856.

Harris has played 13 NBA seasons with the Milwaukee Bucks, Orlando Magic, Pistons, Los Angeles Clippers and Philadelphia 76ers. He was with the Bucks from 2011 to 2013, the Magic from 2013 to 2016, the Clippers from 2018 to 2019, and the last six seasons in Philadelphia.

In 2023-24, Harris averaged 17.2 points per game, 6.5 rebounds per game, 3.1 assists per game, and one steal per game. He had a free throw percentage of .487, three point percentage of .353, and free throw percentage of .878.

It is interesting that the Pistons are adding a 31-year-old forward to their group when they are clearly in a rebuilding mode. It would not surprise me if Harris is used as trade bait over the next two seasons or before his contract with the Pistons is expired.

Detroit is a long ways a way from getting into playoff contention. They were the worst team in the NBA last season at 14 wins and 68 losses for a winning percentage of .171. The Pistons’s season was highlighted (or lowlighted) by a 28 game losing streak within their first 31 games. 

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