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Several teams show interest in restricted free agent Tobias Harris

Tobias Harris takes in some lunch with his

Tobias Harris takes in some lunch with his basketball campers on Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at Half Hollow Hills East High School. Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

The clock struck midnight. Free agency had begun and Tobias Harris was . . .

"Sleeping," he said. "I wake up at 6 a.m. every morning to work out. I need my rest."

But that didn't stop the phone from ringing. His father, Torrel -- owner of Unique Sports Management International, which represents Tobias -- said he didn't leave his office until 2:40 a.m. after talking to multiple teams expressing an interest in Tobias.

"It's all going to play out the right way. You just have to be patient with it," Tobias said Wednesday after conducting his School of Business basketball camp at Hills East High School.

Tobias, a graduate of Half Hollow Hills West High School, averaged 17.1 points and 6.3 rebounds for the Orlando Magic last season. He became a restricted free agent Wednesday, meaning the Magic has the right to match any offer sheet that Tobias receives.

Torrel won't reveal which teams contacted him because he was asked to keep the information confidential. But many teams are rumored to have interest, including the Lakers, Celtics, Pistons and Knicks.

"My father used to always take us to Knicks game as kids," recalled Harris, who also said that Phil Jackson is the right man to turn the Knicks around. "Obviously growing up in Long Island, you get a lot of people when you get back home talk about the Knicks. If it happens, it happens. But you never know in free agency. Time will tell."

Wednesday Orlando offered Paul Millsap, an All-Star with Atlanta last season, a maximum four-year, $80-million deal. Millsap eventually re-signed with the Hawks. "It's business," Tobias said when asked if he thought the Magic wasn't making him a priority.

"It's nothing personal. You can never really look at it that way. If you look at it that way, you'd be really salty forever."

Tobias, 22, said that he likes the Magic organization and has no problem with new Orlando coach Scott Skiles, his former coach in Milwaukee who played him sparingly in his rookie and sophomore seasons.

He was asked what is most important to him as a free agent.

"I want to win," he said. "And I want to be truly wanted. That's the biggest thing for any free agent. To win and to be wanted."

The ringing phone suggests that he is.

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