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.
September 16, 2021 | 12:42 pm EDT Update
Shams Charania: Free agent center Jahlil Okafor is signing a non-guaranteed deal with the Atlanta Hawks, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium.
The Cairns Taipans have announced that high-flying import Cameron Oliver will not be returning to the NBL this season, and instead accept an Exhibit 10 contract in California. The club originally signed Oliver with the intentions of providing him with a pathway to a higher level and are thrilled that he is one step closer to the NBA. After a stellar debut with the Taipans, Oliver committed to a new two-year deal in 2020. His second season with the club was cut short due to family reasons, which the club accepted and provided him with a release to return home to the US. He received a 10-day contract with the Houston Rockets towards the end of the 2020-21 NBA season and in August suited up for the Golden State Warriors at Summer League.
“This is such a positive outcome. Cam said that he has never felt this close to his NBA dream, and this is exactly what we want. It speaks volumes of the Taipans organisation because they took a chance on him and look where he is now,” said Coach Forde. “I came into this role knowing that Cam was on the fringe of the NBA – so we have been diligently planning for this possibility and it’s fortunate it’s at this time, during the pre-season. We’ve been prepared for all scenarios but now we can progress forward with certainty. “I’m so happy for him, the team are extremely proud of him and now we get to move forward, sign another talented player and focus on winning a Championship for Cairns.”
Garza, who was the 52nd overall pick, was named to the All-Summer League second team after averaging 15 points, 9.6 rebounds, 1.8 assists and one blocked shot in five games with the Pistons. He finished off his stay in Las Vegas with his best game, recording 21 points and 15 rebounds. According to Ian Begley of SNY, the Pistons are expected to convert Garza’s two-way contract to a standard NBA deal prior to the start of the season. Detroit would then have an open two-way spot they could use to sign an additional player.
Scott Agness: The Pacers have applied for the NBA’s Disabled Player Exception, league source told @FieldhouseFiles. It would allow them to add another player after guard Edmond Sumner had surgery this week to repair a torn left Achilles.
What is your take on the Zach LaVine FA rumors in 2022? How realistic is it for the Celtics financially and roster wise? Thanks, Jeff. Brian Robb: LaVine is a name that has been floated for a little bit as a potential target for Boston if Bradley Beal elects to stay put in Washington. His age and position do line up fairly well among Boston’s current group, however, there are some significant obstacles in any pursuit of the shooting guard during the next year.
A potential Celtics free agent target could be Chicago’s Zach LaVine, who is entering the final year of his contract. He will have to prove he can lead the Bulls to the playoffs before a contract extension. LaVine changed representation recently and signed with Klutch Sports, which is usually the move for players who want to maximize their free agent potential. LaVine, 26, just coming off helping Team USA to the gold medal, will ask for a maximum contract in the open market. The Olympic experience may have enhanced LaVine’s value because he was asked to be a three-and-D player, sparking the Americans with his full-court defense and ability to run the floor. In the case that Bradley Beal decides to stay in Washington, LaVine could be the Celtics’ No. 1 target. The Bulls, who added DeMar DeRozan and Lonzo Ball in the offseason, have full intentions to be a factor in the Eastern Conference .
What trade value would Schroeder have at the deadline for a contending team? C’s will be good this season, so probably won’t happen, but would Schroeder command a protected 1st or good young player? — Mr. Positive. Brian Robb: I think that either of those returns would probably be a very best-case scenario. The good news for Boston when it comes to Schroder’s trade value is that his contract is very cheap so it would be very easy for a team to add him without going over their budget. The problem for Brad Stevens is that Schroder does not have any Bird Rights after signing a one-year deal. That means any team that trades for him will need to use their own cap space to re-sign him. Most playoff teams are capped out for next summer already so that should limit a potential return in the event the Celtics decide to move on. If some team gets desperate, perhaps a late first-round pick could be in play but a couple of second-round picks and/or an unproven young player with promise seems more likely if Schroder has a good first half of the year and Boston wants to move on.