NBA rumors: Joe Harris might need second operation on ankle

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Chris Haynes: Sources: My @NBAonTNT report on Brooklyn Nets sharpshooter Joe Harris flying to Indianapolis to get a second opinion on his ankle.

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Brian Lewis: Nash said Joe Harris is progressing. I asked if there’s been setbacks his ankle rehab: “Yeah there’s been some awareness (of it) and irritation. He’s been doing a tug-of-war between making progress and then having some irritation. It’s really a process thats been tricky.” #nets
Joe Harris, the longest-tenured player on the roster, is on the cusp of returning to team activities while recovering from left ankle surgery according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Monday marks six weeks since Harris’ surgery on November 29, which was supposed to be a 4-to-6 weeks rehab/recovery. “He could start ramping [in the next day or two] from that left ankle surgery he had just after Thanksgiving,” said Woj on SportsCenter on Friday. “This is a player who is a floor-spacer, can make shots around their ‘Big 3’ and is an important piece for them. Woj then added, “his return could be within the next couple weeks.”
Steve Nash was asked about Joe’s timeline before the start of Sunday’s matinee game against the San Antonio Spurs, to which he replied, “I don’t have an update on Joe, no.” Harris’ return couldn’t come at a better time. Brooklyn’s floor spacing has crumbled without its resident sharpshooter. Before Harris went down, the Nets paced the league in three-point percentage at 39.3 percent. Since Joe’s last game, November 14 against Oklahoma City, the Nets have connected on just 31.5 percent of their long-range looks, which ranks 28th in the association.
Brooklyn Nets guard Joe Harris will undergo surgery on his injured left ankle and is expected to miss four to eight weeks, with optimism he can return on the shorter end of that timeline, Harris' agent, Mark Bartelstein of Priority Sports, told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski on Monday. Nets head coach Steve Nash said Harris' surgery will address "a little bone particle" in the ankle and hopefully allow the shooter to move forward from the injury. Harris has missed the past six games since injuring the ankle in a win at Oklahoma City on Nov. 14.
"He is going to have a scope and then we'll see what that means once they've had the procedure," Nash said after Nets practice on Monday. "We think this is a really positive thing that can put this situation behind him long term rather than risking reoccurrences or uncertainty with the injury."
Adrian Wojnarowski: Brooklyn Nets guard Joe Harris is expected to miss four to eight weeks with ankle surgery, agent Mark Bartelstein of @Priority Sports tells ESPN. Surgery is addressing "a little bone particle" in ankle, Steve Nash said.
The Brooklyn Nets will enter their highly anticipated meeting with the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday short-handed, without sharpshooter Joe Harris and veteran Paul Millsap. While All-Star Kevin Durant (sore right shoulder) isn't listed on the injury report, the Nets ruled out starting swingman Harris due to a left ankle sprain suffered in the first half of the team's win in Oklahoma City on Sunday. Millsap will miss his second straight game because of personal reasons.
Brian Lewis: Joe Harris (left ankle sprain) and Paul Millsap (personal reasons) are both listed as out for tomorrows #Nets game vs the #Warriors. Day’Ron Sharpe, who had missed last nights game for personal reasons, is not listed on the injury report.
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.
Brian Lewis: Joe Harris is available tonight vs the #Celtics. Treveon Graham is out. #nets
Michael Gallagher: Joe Harris is OUT for tonight’s game vs. Memphis due to left adductor tightness.
Michael Gallagher: Nets injuries: Hamilton (illness) PROBABLE, Whitehead (sprained shoulder) is QUESTIONABLE, & Harris (concussion/sprained shoulder) is OUT.
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.
Chris Haynes: #Cavs G Joe Harris to undergo procedure on right foot in Indianapolis and out 2-3 months, league source says. @Dave McMenamin first w/ surgery news.
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Teams already preparing in case Kevin Durant becomes available?

But whatever the case, teams are reportedly making preparations for the Nets star potentially being available in the coming days. That’s according to ESPN insider Zach Lowe on a post-NBA draft episode of his Lowe Post podcast: “I can tell you this. This is what teams are doing. Teams are already operating under, not the assumption, but ‘we need to prepare for the contingency that Kevin Durant is available via trade in six days or seven days.’ … The whole league is now.”
Rumors have it that if Irving ends up leaving the Nets, Durant could also ask out. For Windhorst, trying to trade for KD after the Irving situation blew up would be something the Heat could do. “The godfather move is not to trade for Kyrie Irving. The godfather move is to let the Kyrie Irving situation to blow up and then wait for Kevin Durant to say he wants out of there. That’s the Miami Heat move,” Windhorst said on ESPN’s Get Up.

Kyrie Irving x Nets situation 'getting acrimonious'

Woj also said that while Irving has given the Nets six NBA destinations he’d prefer if there’s no agreement, there is limited interest in him at max money. The ESPN insider said the only team with any real interest is the Lakers. Still, he argued, getting Irving a contract paying more than $6.3 million — the taxpayers MLE — seems unlikely. “This is getting acrimonious,” Woj told a panel on ESPN’s NBA analysts. “and I think that’s the concern when you look at not only Kyrie’s future in Brooklyn, but also Kevin Durant’s future and whether they can hold this thing together.”
Woj also was clear that with some of Irving’s six landing spots, not all of them reciprocate. “The interest isn’t mutual in several of these places,” Woj said. “Obviously the Lakers are the ones that loom. And will Kyrie Irving walk away from a $36.9 million player option that he can opt into and have that money guaranteed, especially after a year where he lost about $17 million by not being vaccinated last year and untold more with a sneaker deal that isn’t going to be there anymore, certainly at the level it was.”
Several teams have already been linked to a potential swoop on Kyrie if his contract negotiations with the Nets continue to deteriorate. Be that as it may, NBA analyst Chris Broussard believes that Irving’s options aren’t actually as vast as some might think: “Half of these teams don’t even want Kyrie,” Broussard said on First Things First. “I was texting with someone that works for one of these teams yesterday, ‘You want Kyrie?’ ‘No!’ It was the fastest return text I’ve ever got. And then, ‘What do you think of his wish list?’ ‘Tomfoolery & wishful thinking.’ That was the answer.”