NBA: Tobias Harris turned down $80 million extension with Clippers

Los Angeles Clippers forward Tobias Harris, center, shoots as New Orleans Pelicans forward Nikola Mirotic, right, of Montenegro, defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, April 9, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

The 26-year-old forward Tobias Harris recently turned down an $80 million extension offer from the Clippers, according to a report from TNT’s David Aldridge. Harris is set to enter the final season of the four-year, $64 million contracts he signed in July 2015.

While Harris turned down a significant amount of money, the 26-year-old likely wants to see what he can get on the market. According to Aldridge, Harris would be eligible for a five-year, $188 million max contract from the Clippers if he plays out the season and becomes an unrestricted free-agent. Another club could pick him up for four-year and $145.5 million in that scenario.


Of course, that doesn’t mean Harris is making the wrong decision by passing on an extension. If this bet on himself works, and he has a great season, then he could still push the salary of his next contract into the $100 million range. That would still be a massive success for him.

In 32 games for the Clippers, Harris averaged 19.3 points, 6 rebounds, 3.1 assists, and 1.2 steals per game while connecting on 41 percent of his three-pointers.