Joe Harris is having a heck of a year for the Nets. Will he be around for the end of it?
Brian Lewis examines the possibility and believes the 6’6” shooting guard may just be too good not to trade within the context of the Nets rebuild. Lewis argues that Harris may become too expensive for the Nets in the summer when they’re expected to hoard cap space. So the logic is, don’t lose him for nothing; get something now.
A fan favorite, Harris has gone from being traded and cut the same day he had season-ending ankle surgery in January 2016 to a solid NBA bench player. Lewis writes...
Since then, he’s taken to the Nets’ player development like a drowning man to a life raft, improving his all-around game. He’ll come into Tuesday’s tilt at Oklahoma City averaging 10.3 points on 47.7 percent shooting and 39.0 percent from 3-point range, all career-highs.
Like so many of his teammates, Harris credits the Nets development staff with his success.
“The player development here has been huge,” Harris told The Post. “Last year I was primarily a shooter. Occasionally I’d put the ball on the deck, but not as much as I have this year. … People were going to be more cognizant of you coming in trying to shoot the ball, and they’re going to defend you that way, so you need to be able to make plays when guys are running you off the line.
“That was stuff our player development staff focused on with me in the offseason, and even now when we’re working doing our skill development … there’s definitely an emphasis put on making plays if the shot’s taken away, whether that’s a one-dribble pull-up or getting to the rim, finishing or making the right pass, making the right decision.”
How much could he fetch in the open market as a free agent? Lewis thinks at least three times what he makes now, or $5 million a year over multiple years. Indeed, shooters get paid in the new NBA, and beyond his offensive skills, Harris is a much improved defender. As a trade asset? Lewis doesn’t say, but some pundits think a high second rounder might be the asking price.
Does he think about moving on?
“It’s something I don’t really think about a whole lot, personally. It’s just the nature of the NBA, where you’ve just got to try to focus on what you can control,” Harris told The Post. “I’ve experienced the other side of it when I was in Cleveland. I got traded the same day I had surgery on my foot, so there’s definitely a business.”
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