The 76ers’ roster could soon look much different.
Philadelphia wings Jimmy Butler and Tobias Harris are expected to be unrestricted free agents this summer. Both discussed their upcoming decisions when they met with reporters Monday, one day after the 76ers fell to the Raptors in Game 7 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series.
“Hopefully I’ll get a max contract anywhere I choose to go,” Butler told reporters, via NBC Sports Philadelphia. “You always want to be able to win, I think that’s key for sure. You’re looking at coaches, you’re looking at the city. There’s a lot that goes into it.”
The 76ers acquired Butler from the Timberwolves in mid-November in exchange for a package centered around Dario Saric and Robert Covington. Butler averaged 18.2 points in 55 regular-season appearances for Philadelphia and increased that number to 19.4 points per game in the playoffs.
“For me, as long as I got my people with me, they’re happy, they’re smiling and we’re waking up knowing we’re getting to work in an environment where we’re having fun … but I’m a long way away from that,” Butler said. “I’m not too focused on that right now.”
Philadelphia traded for Harris this season, as well, as it added him in a deadline deal with the Clippers. The 26-year-old has bounced around the NBA and has played for five teams in eight seasons, averaging 15.4 points while shooting 36.4% from 3-point range in 546 career games.
“There’s only so many players that are super stable in the NBA, let’s just be upfront with that,” Harris said about his approach to free agency. “For me honestly, style of play is a huge thing. Culture. A chance to be able to win. Just being in the playoffs here and getting that feeling and seeing how bad that loss (to the Raptors) felt.”
Harris has been linked to the Nets, Mavericks, Jazz and Grizzlies.