He may not have the “Joe Jesus” nickname Joe Johnson once possessed, but Joe Harris has become more than your “average Joe” in Brooklyn.
Question is, will he be Joe in Brooklyn next season? He wants to be. Badly, it seems.
“Yeah, I have been in talks here, especially recently a lot with my agent and I have reiterated that I would like to be here and I told that to Kenny and Sean, and there’s a lot of decisions that are going to be made going forward, but I think everybody is kind of on the same line (of thinking) right here and who knows, things might change a couple of months from now,” said Harris at Wednesday’s exit interview.
He’s become one of the feel-good stories during a season filled with improved players. He is near the top of the list, if not the top. He’s averaged 11 points on 41.9 percent shooting from three during his second season with the Nets. His goal at the beginning of the season was to join the NBA’s elite shooters ... and he did, finishing 17th in 3-point shooting ... and first in the 44 games since January 1, a 46.7 percent clip.
Prior to joining Atkinson and the Nets, Harris was struggling to stay in the league. He played a total of five games during his sophomore campaign in Cleveland, averaging three minutes in those five games.
It’s been a notch on Trajan Langdon’s belt, who worked as an executive for Cleveland’s D-League team before joining Sean Marks’ staff. Same with Brett Brielmaier, a Cavs assistant coach now with Brooklyn. Now, Marks must decide if they’re willing to pay whatever Harris is worth this upcoming season.
“But my hope and I know what I have kind of expressed to everyone is that I have enjoyed being here, I enjoy being in Brooklyn and I like being a part of this organization. I think they’re about the right stuff and I don’t really envision myself being anywhere else.”
Harris would prefer to stay in Brooklyn, The question is whether the Nets will pay what he might demand on the open market.
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