The Nets have signed Joe Harris to a multi-year contract, the team announced Tuesday. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not released but according to one league source, the deal is at the vets minimum for two years, with the first year guaranteed and the second year a team option. Under terms of the agreement, Harris will receive a $250,000 partial guarantee if he's still on the roster on October 31, 2017, according to the source.
With the signing, the Nets now have 15 players under contract.
"We are pleased to welcome Joe to the Nets family," said Sean Marks of the 24-year-old who was a second round pick of the Cavaliers in 2014. "We are confident that Kenny and his staff will continue to create an environment in which Joe and our other young players will develop and thrive."
Harris (6'6", 219) has appeared in 56 games in two seasons with the Cavaliers, averaging 2.5 points in 9.1 minutes per game. He also appeared in six games during the 2015 postseason. This past season, Harris saw action in five games with the Cavs and 10 games with Cleveland's D-League affiliate, the Canton Charge, registering averages of 16.4 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 33.1 minutes per game with Canton. Both assistant GM Trajan Langdon and assistant player development coach Mike Batiste played roles with the Charge last season.
The 24-year-old underwent right foot surgery in January before being traded to Orlando and waived by the Magic. Harris was originally selected with the 33rd pick (second round) in the 2014 NBA Draft by Cleveland after a four-year career at the University of Virginia. At UVA, the Chelan, Wash. native earned All-ACC first-team honors as a junior and helped lead Virginia to two NCAA Tournament appearances.
The Nets hope he and another recent Cavaliers draft pick, overall No. 1 Anthony Bennett, can develop under Atkinson and the team's player development staff.
Harris' signing brings to 15 the number of guaranteed deals. He will be introduced Wednesday at a 1 p.m. press conference at HSS Training Center and a 6:30 p.m. Open House at Barclays Center.