(WIP) -- The Philadelphia 76ers apparently do not believe Tobias Harris is worth max contract money.
According to Bleacher Report senior writer Ric Bucher, the Sixers are offering Harris "less than a max contract," opening in the door for other teams to swoop in--specifically, according to Bucher, those teams are the Nuggets and Mavericks.
Only Philly can offer Harris a five-year deal, which is expected to be worth around $190 million. Other teams can only (a relative term here) offer Harris a four-year deal worth about $140 million.
Harris, 26, was acquired by the Sixers in a February trade, along with Boban Marjanovi? and Mike Scott in exchange for Wilson Chandler, Mike Muscala, Landry Shamet and future draft picks. Harris has already played for five different NBA teams in eight seasons. The 6'9" forward has become one of the NBA's elite shooters, shooting over 39-percent from three-point range in each of the last two seasons.
Harris recently spoke about his time in Philly at Steve Nash's Showdown in New York City.
"Obviously we were a couple bounces away from going to overtime versus the champs now," Harris said. "We didn't have enough time to really get the full chemistry as we probably would have wanted to. But at the same time, it's one of the most talented groups of players I've been a part of and we'll see what happens. Joel (Embiid) is the best big man in the NBA, so the talent level of the group was phenomenal. We put ourselves in a position to win basketball games. The organization did a great job of really showing me what was presented there in my time."
The other part of the equation, for GM Elton Brand and the Sixers, is the team is also trying to retain Jimmy Butler, another free-agent seeking a max contract, where only Philly can offer five years.
According to Bucher, the Nets have their eyes on Butler, who is interested in joining LeBron James and Anthony Davis in Los Angeles. Another report says Kawhi Leonard is interested in teaming up with Butler in Los Angeles as well, but with the Clippers. And, of course, there's the Woj report that the Rockets are looking to acquire Butle via a sign and trade.
Speaking of the Lakers, they have just created $32 million in cap space for a third max player.
There's a lot going on the NBA rumor mill world with free-agency set to begin on Sunday at 6pm E.T.