In a conversation with Brian Lewis of the Post, Joe Harris’ agent said he talks to Sean Marks “all the time” and the Nets “are certainly not out looking to trade” his client.
Mark Bartlestein said an offer might come along that’s appealing to Brooklyn’s GM, but as of now, the Nets are happy with Harris and Harris is happy with the Nets.
“As you head towards the trade deadline, there’s always speculation,” Bareltstein told Lewis. “Anybody can be traded at any time if the right offer comes along. As I told Joe, if Cleveland calls Detroit and offers LeBron James, they’re going to make the trade.
“But he loves being in Brooklyn; that’s where his mindset is at. [Marks] and I talk all the time. I know they really like Joe. Sean’s certainly not out looking to trade Joe. I know that. If anybody offers the right package, of course it could happen; but nothing Sean has said or intimated makes me feel like something is going on.”
It’s long been speculated that Harris, who’s having a career year, is the most likely Net to get moved. He’s now shooting 40.7 percent from three for the season and has improved his two-point shooting, rebounding, and defense.
Another reason Harris’ name has come up is that he’s a free agent and there’s a question about whether the Nets, who are one of seven teams likely to have cap space this summer, will use $5 million to $8 million to sign him. Shooters in this NBA era get paid and Harris doesn’t turn 27 until September.
This is the second time in a week that Bartlestein went on the record to say the Nets are not marketing one of his clients. Last week, he told Greg Logan of Newsday the same thing about DeMarre Carroll.
“I’m sure there’s a lot of teams interested in DeMarre,” Bartlestein told Logan. “He affects the game in a lot of different ways, and a lot of people would love to have him. But I know Sean Marks and Kenny (Atkinson) value him big-time.
“I know for sure they’re not trying to trade him. There’s always conversations around the league and anything can happen, but I know the Brooklyn Nets put a great value on DeMarre . . . I want to make sure people realize that.”
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