3 Worst free agent fits for the Toronto Raptors: Stay far away!

The Toronto Raptors have a lot of options in free agency this summer, but they need to stay away from these players who are terrible fits with their core.
Tobias Harris, Philadelphia 76ers
Tobias Harris, Philadelphia 76ers / Sarah Stier/GettyImages
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No. 1: Tobias Harris

For years there has been a dichotomy between Tobias Harris the player and Tobias Harris the contract. Long one of the most overpaid players in the NBA, analysis of the longtime Philadelphia 76ers forward has been colored by his poor contract. Harris was a good player who would have been properly viewed if he made $15 million instead of $40 million.

That contract is now expiring, however, and Harris slumped this season at the worst possible time. He shot just 35.3 percent from deep on reduced volume, was a negative defensive player after onetime being a real asset on that end, and in the 76ers' first round playoff exit was largely unable to make an impact. He averaged nine points in the playoffs; his previous postseason low was 14.5.

The theory of Harris makes sense for the Raptors, a forward with size at 6'8" and shooting ability who could give the Raptors size at the 3 and play backup 4 behind Scottie Barnes. His shooting, defense and rebounding would fit well with Barnes' strengths, and given the negative opinion of Harris around the league Toronto could think it is taking advantage of a depressed contract cost.

The reason the Raptors need to stay away is that Harris seems to be on the downslope of his career; he will turn 32 years old this summer. Signing a veteran player to join their young core isn't a terrible idea on the surface, but adding one who will only get worse doesn't help the Raptors much long-term.

Tobias Harris is one free agent the Raptors need to stay away from this summer.

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