Walking through a Long Island grocery store recently with brothers Tyler, Torrel Jr. and Terry, Tobias Harris got a phone call from his father that undoubtedly changed his life forever. Harris’ reaction upon hearing that he had secured a long-term contract extension with the Orlando Magic produced a joyous response heard throughout the marketplace.
“It was super emotional. I was in the grocery store with my brothers and my father called me and told me that the deal was done. I just jumped on my brother with excitement and he was like, ‘What are you doing?’ Harris said on Tuesday just after his contract extension with the Magic was finalized. ‘I told them, ‘We did it! We did it!’ They were super excited for me.’’
From the end of last season and all throughout the summer, Magic GM Rob Hennigan said repeatedly that he couldn’t envision a scenario where the franchise didn’t retain the high-scoring forward. On Tuesday, the Magic’s intent on keeping Harris around for the foreseeable future came to fruition. Harris, who will celebrate his 23rd birthday on Wednesday, has played 2 ½ of his four NBA seasons in Orlando and the contract extension means that he will remain in Magic pinstripes for the foreseeable future.