The Big 3 is healthy and Mr. 3 should be, too. Nets coach Steve Nash delivered a bit of welcome news after Tuesday’s practice when he said Joe Harris, who missed the final three games of the regular season with a left gluteal strain, should be ready to go Saturday for Game 1 of the playoffs. Harris led the Nets by shooting 47.5 percent from 3-point range and making the second-highest total of 3s in single-season franchise history (211).
Kristian Winfield: Steve Nash says Joe Harris (glute) should be ready next weekend but not tonight and probably needs a few more days of recovery. Also says Kyrie Irving did not play in last night's 4th quarter because he played more minutes than everyone else.
Nets Daily: Harris questionable Status Report for tomorrow's game vs. Chicago: Joe Harris (left hip soreness) - QUESTIONABLE
Brooklyn’s final game last month was a road win over the Los Angeles Lakers. Harris, a 6-6 swingman, scored 12 points in the Nets’ 104-102 victory but severely sprained his left ankle at Staples Center that night. “So I was going to be out a month, no matter what, and then [the NBA shutdown] went down literally the next day,” Harris said. “I wasn’t even with the team. I flew back to New York with one of our trainers, and we were supposed to play at Golden State [on March 12]. The rest of the team was in San Francisco, and they just had to pack up their stuff and leave from there.”
His ankle has healed, Harris said, but he still reports to the Nets’ practice facility to work on his mobility and stability. “The only loophole that I have right now is that the NBA allowed guys that were in the midst of rehab go into the facility and work with the trainer, so I’ve been able to do that for the last few weeks,” Harris said. “But when I go in, I have to wear a mask and gloves the entire time, and only you and the trainer are allowed in there.”
Greg Logan: Garrett Temple & Joe Harris are off injury report for #Nets against 76ers, but Wilson Chandler is out: Chandler (left hamstring tightness) - OUT, Jordan (right middle finger dislocation) - OUT.
Michael Gallagher: Joe Harris (right hip soreness) is questionable tomorrow. Thought he did something to his right leg last night in Orlando and was a little gimpy, so might have been from that.
Anthony Puccio: Joe Harris is back in the starting lineup, Spencer Dinwiddie back to the bench. #Nets
Michael Gallagher: Nets say Joe Harris (left adductor tightness) is questionable for tomorrow against the Grizzlies.
Brian Lewis: #Nets could be shorthanded on the wings for tonight's home finale vs #Bulls. Joe Harris (left ankle soreness) is now questionable while Caris LeVert (right foot tendinitis) is downgraded to out, along w/ Carroll & Whitehead.
Anthony Puccio: Joe Harris is active tonight. Nets listed him as questionable with an illness. #Nets
Brian Lewis: Quincy Acy (left ankle soreness) and Joe Harris (sprained left shoulder) are both out tomorrow vs the #Magic. #Nets
Brian Lewis: #Nets have ruled Joe Harris (concussion/shoulder) & Sean Kilpatrick (strained hamstring) out of tomorrow's game vs the #Knicks. #nyk
Michael Gallagher: Nets Injury Report for Sunday vs. New York: Lopez (sprained right ankle) is PROBABLE. Harris (concussion/sprained left shoulder) is OUT.
Anthony Puccio: Joe Harris (concussion/sprained left shoulder) remains out for tomorrow's game against Memphis. #Nets
Brian Lewis: Brooklyn #Nets guard/forward Joe Harris has been diagnosed with a concussion as well as a sprained left shoulder.
Michael Gallagher: Nets injuries: Hamilton (illness) PROBABLE, Whitehead (sprained shoulder) is QUESTIONABLE, & Harris (concussion/sprained shoulder) is OUT.
Chris Haynes: Joe Harris also underwent successful surgery on right foot and is likely out for the season, league sources say. #Cavs save money on deal.
Prior to Harris’ injury, the Cavs had looked for trade suitors for him, according to a team source, in order to gain some roster flexibility and avoid some of the luxury tax hit associated with a 15th man who did not fit in Cleveland coach David Blatt’s rotation. Suitors were hard to come by with Harris’ underwhelming showing for the Canton Charge, the Cavs’ D-League affiliate, this season. He averaged 16.4 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.6 assists but shot just 39.7 percent from the field and 32.3 percent on 3-pointers in 10 games with Canton.
Second-year Cleveland Cavaliers guard Joe Harris will undergo potentially season-ending surgery on his right foot, Harris’ agent, Mark Bartelstein, told ESPN.com on Tuesday. “There is an extra bone in his foot that is causing irritation, and the plan is to have it removed,” Bartelstein said.
Harris did not accompany the Cavs on their six-game road trip beginning Wednesday against the Washington Wizards, according to Bartelstein. A team source told ESPN.com that Harris will seek a second opinion on his foot, but the expectation is he will undergo surgery sometime next week.
June 28, 2022 | 1:39 pm EDT Update
James Plowright: Kupchak on why Clifford was chosen “Early on in the process we leaned towards candidates with experience… We knew defensively we needed to wrap it up a little bit… Some other “Areas” that need to be improved. Clifford brought us a long way in his 4 years”
Rod Boone: Steve Clifford said he expects to play the same kind of uptempo offensive style the #Hornets have used the past two seasons. He also knows expectations are much greater than they were previously and he’s fine with that. “The NBA is all about winning in the playoffs. That’s it.” pic.twitter.com/ekKRRGJYmk
June 28, 2022 | 1:14 pm EDT Update
Per LJ Ellis of Spurs Talk, the only player San Antonio actually wants from Atlanta is Onyeka Okongwu. Also, despite BR’s Jake Fischer reporting that the Spurs are looking for three first-rounders in a possible deal for Murray, that’s also false. Ellis notes Gregg Popovich’s squad would take no less than four unprotected first-round picks. There’s talk that the Spurs are looking to trade Murray for three first round draft picks. I’m told that is incorrect. San Antonio’s asking price for Murray is four first round draft picks with little to no protections. Alternatively, the Spurs want three minimally protected first rounders and two unprotected first round pick swaps.
Interestingly, an insider close to the situation says that the Spurs have multiple teams making a strong push for Murray besides the Hawks. One Eastern Conference team, he says, is offering three first round draft picks and a desirable young player in a proposed swap. He also stated that the Minnesota Timberwolves have expressed serious interest in Murray.
Because he was voted third-team All-NBA this season, Towns is eligible for an extension of up to four years and roughly $211 million. “I can’t wait to sit down with him and his representation ASAP and keep this thing going,” Connelly told The Athletic in a conversation not long after he was hired away from the Denver Nuggets. “He’s special and deserves everything that is going to come his way.”
“I think our goal is to win enough games to put KAT’s jersey in the rafters,” Connelly said. “He’s a guy that’s been through so much, and he’s only getting better and better. We’re going to go as far as he takes us.” With contracts this big, the only question that remains is how much more Towns has to give. Over his career, he has averaged 23.2 points and 11.3 rebounds and has a .624 true shooting percentage. But the Wolves have only made the playoffs twice in his seven seasons, and his performance against Memphis in April had highs (29 points, 13 rebounds in Game 1, 33 points, 14 boards in Game 4) and lows (eight points on four shots in Game 3, 15 points on seven shots in Game 2).