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“I still don’t think the league appreciates how good he is and how young he is,” Nuggets general manager Tim Connelly said. But Connelly and the Nuggets do. That’s why the Nuggets will open discussions on a lucrative contract extension for Harris this summer. “Gary’s going to be here for a long, long time,” Connelly said.
Harris is in the third year of his rookie scale contract, which, according to the collective bargaining agreement, is paying him $3,968,800 for the first three years and is scheduled to be $2,125,046 for the fourth year, which is a team option year. The two sides have until Oct. 31 to agree to an extension. “He’s a guy that kind of embodies everything that we’re trying to be, both as a player and as a person,” Connelly said. “Whether it’s this summer or whether it’s the following summer, he’s going to be here for a very long time.”
“I use Gary as both a cautionary tale with our staff and also kind of a symbol of success for our young guys,” Connelly said. “Gary had an awful rookie year; up and down minutes, horrific shooting for a two-guard. But I told him this: My gut tells me you’re going to be a really good player. You’re a good kid, you work hard, you’re extremely athletic. I joke with him, you had like no dunks at Michigan State and now he dunks all the time.”
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Carter will be a free agent this summer. “I said to myself ‘I want to play 15 years’. I don’t know where I got that from. And the I got to 15 years and I kept going. I never capped it, but at the same time I’ve had a lot of players remind me of things I’ve said,” said Carter about how he kept telling fellow players he would retire after two more years. “I’m still saying ‘two more years and I’m done.’
The Golden State Warriors hope to get injured reserves Shaun Livingston and Matt Barnes back from injuries for the second round of the playoffs after having more than a week off between series. The Warriors said Saturday that Barnes has been upgraded to probable for Tuesday night’s Game 1. Livingston remains questionable but is hopeful that he will be ready to return. Star forward Kevin Durant is expected to be a full go after missing two games and being limited to 20 minutes in Game 4 of the previous round because of a strained left calf.
Golden State begins the second round at home on Tuesday against the winner of Sunday’s Game 7 between the Los Angeles Clippers and Utah Jazz. The Warriors have been off since they swept the Trail Blazers on Monday, which gave them more than a week between games. “I’m trying to make sure I rest it as much as I possibly can because when I do come back, I plan on staying all the way back,” Livingston said Saturday. “Hopefully it will be ready for Tuesday.”
How is Mike Brown doing as the interim? Is it the same as with Kerr? Kevin Durant: Mike has had a pretty big voice throughout the whole season. Has been a head coach before, understands what it takes to be a head coach. And the coaching staff is just so smart, they empower each other. I think anybody if you’re around us on a day to day basis, anybody could tell they kind of work well as a group as far as a coaching staff.