PODCAST: Entrepreneur Torrel Harris Talks about Negotiating 180 Million Contract for Son Tobias, Philadelphia 76ers

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Torrel (right) and son Tobias Harris


Torrel Harris is immune to easy description. A former college player, he worked as an estate planner before he became an agent.

Scott Cacciola

Torrel Harris recently negotiated the most significant contract in Philadelphia 76ers history with Tobias Harris signing a max contract for $180 million this past free agency period. On Saturday, October 19, Terry Harris signed with the Philadelphia 76ers (exhibit 9), and on Sunday, October 20, Tyler Harris signed to play with the Canton Charges, the Cleveland Cavs G-League team.

Wall Street Journal writer Scott Cacciola had this to say about Harris: “Torrel Harris is immune to easy description. A former college player, he worked as an estate planner before he became an agent. His first client was George Gervin, the nine-time NBA All-Star, with whom he remains close. “As young as he was, he had a lot of confidence,” Mr. Gervin said.

“Mr. Harris said he left the agent game in 1994 to start his own sports apparel line, securing licensing agreements with the NBA and the NFL for a reversible warm-up suit. Not long after that, he embarked on another important venture—teaching his son how to play basketball.”

Torrel Harris established Unique Sports Management International (USMI) in 1988, a company for NBA and international athletes. Mr. Harris is known for his unique style of managing athletes, contract negotiations, financial planning, investment strategies, counseling, brand endorsements, charity work, leadership, and marketing strategies for his clients that include Hall of Fame athletes like George “Iceman” Gervin (San Antonio Spurs), Lynette Woodard (Harlem Globetrotters and WNBA Cleveland Rockets), Cliff “Tree Top” Robertson (Philadelphia 76ers), Lewis Lloyd (Houston Rockets), (Mark Davis-Milwaukee Bucks) and many more.


Unique Sports Management International is a full service sports agency focusing primarily on athletes in the NBA . The organization is comprised of experienced and reputable sports leaders with a commitment to putting the athlete first. Unique Sports Management International’s mission is to help clients have a positive and meaningful impact on and off the court and playing fields, by addressing all aspects of the professional athletes’ development. The company seeks to empower clients so that both during, and when their professional careers are complete, they have firm financial, philanthropic and business foundations along with physical and mental health.

At the end of the year Harris is scheduled to be named Agent of the Year by the Black Sports Agents Association (BSAA).

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