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An NBA Free Agent Has Reportedly Turned Down A Huge Contract Extension

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Tobias Harris is banking on himself. The Los Angeles Clippers forward has reportedly turned down a huge contract extension.

According to TNT's David Aldridge, the Clippers were willing to give Harris an extension upwards of $80 million. However, Harris has turned it down.

Instead, he'll play out his deal this coming season and become an unrestricted free agent next summer.

It is a decision that could wind up being lucrative, as Aldridge explains.

Harris is gambling that someone will be willing to give him a max deal next summer. As you can see, the difference in salary would be noticeable.

However, there's always the chance that Harris has a disappointing season and winds up getting cheaper offers. In that case, he'll have cost himself money.

It is definitely a risk, but credit Harris for betting on himself.

Harris was acquired by the Clippers last season in the Blake Griffin deal. In 80 games between the Pistons and Clippers, Harris averaged 18.6 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game.