Gary Harris didn’t need need to become a free agent to figure out his next deal.
Harris agreed to a contract extension with the Orlando Magic, the team announced Thursday evening.
His agents told ESPN Harris signed a 2-year, $26 million extension to return to the Magic before the free agency moratorium officially began Friday.
Harris, who the Magic traded for in March 2021, averaged 11.1 points (43.4% shooting from the field and 38.4% shooting on 3s) and 2 rebounds during the 2021-22 season with Orlando.
Teams were able to communicate with free agents starting at 6 p.m. Thursday before being able to agree to terms six hours later.
The free agency moratorium is a negotiation period from Friday through July 6 in which teams can come to terms on contracts and other deals while the new salary cap numbers are adjusted after an audit of league finances.
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