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Could Joe Harris double his money in next year’s free agency? Zach Lowe thinks so

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Joe Harris is again among the leading 3-point shooters in the NBA, ranking in the 90th percentile or better on three-pointers in each of the past three seasons. He was the leading 3-pointer shooter in the NBA last year and won the 3-point shooting contest.

This year, with Kyrie Irving and Caris LeVert out for most of the team’s 27 games, even more responsibility has fallen on Harris. As Bobby Marks tweeted after the Pelicans game, he’s not one-dimensional.

Lucky for Harris, he is also a free agent this summer when there will be few superstars to compete with. ... unlike last summer with its line-up of Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Kawhi Leonard, Tobias Harris and Jimmy Butler, among others.

So, Zach Lowe, on his podcast (The Lowe Post) thnks Harris, who currently makes $8 million annually, could make somewhere in the $16 million range on any new contract. Lowe argued...

“The phrase ‘at least double his money’ has been thrown around by league insiders … [He] is good. He is a good, all-around player. He is tough. He plays defense.”

In addition, Harris is likely to get a longer contract than his current two-year deal.

The Nets will face two big contract decisions over the summer: whether to pay Harris starting in 2020-21 and at what level will they extend Jarrett Allen, starting the season after. Like Harris, Allen is having a breakout season.

Harris has joked in the past about how he makes enough money now. Back in November, following the controversy over Daryl Morey’s tweet about Hong Kong, Harris was asked if he worried about losing future earnings power as a result of a decline in revenue from China.

“To be honest, personally, I already get paid way too much to play a game. I’m not too worried about it,” he said. Indeed, Harris has long expressed his loyalty to the Brooklyn organization.

So would Joe Tsai be willing to pay Harris big bucks —and the resultant luxury tax? There’s every indication that he will be ... and it should be noted that Tsai’s net worth has increased by $3.7 billion this year, more than covering all his myriad sports investments in the Nets, Barclays Center, the Liberty plus significant stakes in both the Premier Lacrosse League and G esports.