Joe Harris will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason at the age of 29 after shooting better than 40 percent on three-pointers in each of the past three seasons. The Brooklyn Nets would like to re-sign Harris, but they will receive significant competition from other teams.
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“I have news for the Nets,” said Zach Lowe on his podcast. “They’re going to have competition for Joe Harris. These teams with cap room all view Joe as a potential very good fit on the floor and a good culture guy.” […] “I think Harris may have even more of an market because teams trust their defense more. He’s more sort of positionally fluid on defense. I think the Nets are going to have to pay like $15 million per year to keep Joe Harris.”
Keeping Harris will not be cheap. Bobby Marks of ESPN has estimated that if the Nets don’t make a major move prior to signing him, signing Harris to a contract starting at $12 million, a 50 percent upgrade from his current deal, the Nets are looking at a luxury tax of $50 million, fifth highest ever. Add in the $5.7 million MLE every fan seemingly wants to use and the $2.4 million guarantee a first round pick would bring and you’re testing historic limits. (The Nets hold the record —$90.6 million— paid after the 2013-14 season.)
There are other teams with space such as Charlotte or Minnesota, with the Timberwolves having a very Nets-like profile (hoisting the third-most 3s at 39.7 per game) with assistant GM Gianluca Pascucci. But a source said there has been interest in Harris sign-and-trades, with capped-out teams like the 76ers or Warriors being potential fits.
Joe Harris wants to return to Brooklyn. The Nets — from general manager Sean Marks to new coach Steve Nash — want the same thing. Making it happen is another thing altogether. Harris is an unrestricted free agent, one who Marks has called the Nets’ top priority. And he’s expected to have plenty of suitors this offseason. “He ticks a lot of boxes for any team,” said a league source.
Joe Harris: My ideal scenario, though, is to come back to Brooklyn. You know, this is again, where I was able afforded the opportunity. You know, I’ve spent the last four years here, I love living here, I love being here. I love what the nets are about. The organization as a whole is second to none across the league, you know, in terms of our reputation, how they treat their players. It’s a first class operation. And then at the end of the day to look at the roster, we have a unique situation where we, we really can look at the roster and say we have an opportunity to play for a championship and you can’t say that about a lot of teams. So we combine all of that. The ideal scenario is for me to stay in Brooklyn.
Joe Harris — an unrestricted free agent — said during the season he hoped to stay in Brooklyn, and GM Sean Marks called retaining him a “top priority.” Harris confirmed meeting with both Nash and Marks, and the newly hired coach expressed a desire to keep the sharpshooter in a Net uniform.
“I met with him the other day, grabbed a coffee with him and Sean. First time I met Steve,” Harris told “The JWilly Show” podcast. “His reputation obviously across the league is incredible. Everybody that’s ever played with him, everybody that’s ever been around him, nothing but good things, and that’s exactly how he was in person, too. You add that into the mix too, you have a coach like Steve Nash — and I’m excited to see the staff he assembles — but factor that with what Brooklyn’s already got going on and it obviously makes it a very appealing place.”
“My ideal scenario is to come back to Brooklyn,” he said. “This is where I was afforded the opportunity. I’ve spent the last four years here. I love living here, I love being here, I love what the Nets are about. The organization as a whole is second to none across the league in terms of our reputation, how they treat the players. It’s a first-class operation. And then at the end of the day too, when you look at the roster, we have a unique situation where we really can look at the roster and say we have an opportunity to play for a championship and you can’t say that about a lot of teams. So you combine all that, the ideal situation is for me to stay in Brooklyn.”
Brian Lewis: Joe Harris met w/ @Steve Nash (and GM Sean Marks) over coffee. Told the JWilly podcast: “He obviously knows I’m a free agent…And he just talked about how he felt about me as a player and wanted me to come back and be in Brooklyn.” #nets #NBA
Scotto: “I think they definitely re-sign Joe Harris, and I think he doubles his salary to somewhere around $15 million, give a couple million more or less.”
Brian Mahoney: Nets GM Sean Marks, asked about re-signing Joe Harris in pregame interview with Yes Network today. “Priority number one. It’s that simple, yeah.”
Brian Lewis: #Nets GM Sean Marks spoke w/ @YESNetwork, discussed resigning free agent-to-be Joe Harris: “Priority number one. It’s that simple, yeah. Joe, I think we’ve talked about plenty of times…Seeing him with this group will certainly be a priority for us.” #NBA
Even with the pandemic suppressing the market, Harris’ next contract is expected to far eclipse the two-year, $16 million deal he’s finishing up. Washington’s Davis Bertans — another free-agent deadeye shooter — opted out of the restart over similar concerns. But despite discussions with agent Mark Bartelstein, Harris never considered going that route.
Brian Lewis: Joe Harris is an unrestricted free agent this offseason. But he said he never really considered sitting out the #NBA restart due to COVID-19, and any risk it presented to his health and next contract, which should be the biggest of his career. #Nets
In catching up with YES Network’s Michael Grady, Joe Harris called re-signing with the Nets “my ideal scenario,” but admitted that it’s not his priority right now. Getting back to play is. “I haven’t thought about it a ton obviously. There’s so much going on right now that you’re worrying about [more than] free agency. The biggest concern is figuring out the best way to get back to actually playing. I haven’t even really discussed anything with my agent or with teams in terms of free agency.”
When Grady asked what it would mean for him to return to Brooklyn once free agency opens, Harris left little doubt of his interest in re-signing … and his connection to the team and city. “It would mean everything. I look back just over four years ago coming to Brooklyn, getting an opportunity to play here, to learn as a young player to play through my mistakes and be given a niche in this league. And I’ve always loved New York and I love living in Brooklyn. Obviously, it’s a business at the end of the day and there are things you can’t control a lot of things that go on. My ideal scenario … that’s what it is for me.”
Free agency is scheduled to begin June 30, “but, shoot, with everything that’s going on, nobody really knows now,” Harris said. “All the dates could get pushed back. So say we were to [resume] the season in late June, early July, everything––the draft, free agency, all that stuff––would just get moved to a later date, like August or September.” He’s likely to have multiple options as a free agent, but Harris said he hasn’t “really thought about it a ton. It’s one of those things where I’ll just sort of cross that bridge when I get to it. Right now all the focus is on prioritizing your health and well-being. I’m really more worried about that versus anything basketball-related, to be honest. Not being around it takes your mind off of it a little bit, in a weird way.”
Harris not only loves basketball, but being in Brooklyn. In February, the pending unrestricted free agent said he hopes to re-sign with the Nets this summer, and Monday he told YES Network’s Ian Eagle he would love to remain a Net for life. “In [an] ideal world, I’d play my whole career in Brooklyn,” Harris said. “I came in with [GM] Sean [Marks] even the ownership. It’s just one of those things where you have a close connection with a lot of people that are within the organization. You kind of all came in together.
Joe Harris is a pending free agent, one who likely will get a big raise this summer. But the sharpshooter wants to re-sign with the Nets, partly to take a shot at a title playing alongside Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. “Yeah, definitely! Why wouldn’t you?” Harris asked rhetorically before the season was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“Obviously those are guys who I’ve gotten close with now that I’ve been with them this past year. They’re obviously incredible players. You see what they’re able to do when they are healthy and are playing. I don’t see that there’s anybody in the NBA who wouldn’t want to play with those guys.”
Harris, who scored 12 points Thursday, will be a restricted free agent this summer, and due to make a raise on his team-friendly $7.6 million deal. The sweet-shooting wing played alongside Irving in Cleveland as a rookie, but he essentially grew up in Brooklyn. He blossomed into a starter and won the 3-point title last season. He’s hoping to re-sign with the Nets, with the lure of playing a full season alongside the likes of Irving and Durant on a contender a strong one. And if he has a disappointment from this season, it’s that both stars, along with LeVert and others, have been in and out of an injury-riddled Nets lineup.
The Brooklyn Nets have re-signed guard/forward Joe Harris. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not released. Harris, who originally signed with Brooklyn on July 19, 2016, returns to the Nets after spending the last two seasons in Brooklyn. The 2017-18 campaign saw Harris average 10.8 points (49.1 percent from the field, 41.9 percent from 3-point range and 82.7 percent from the free-throw line), 3.3 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 25.3 minutes per contest in 78 games (14 starts), all of which represented career highs.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Joe Harris has agreed to a two-year, $16M deal with Nets, league sources tell ESPN.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Barton has been a strong focus for the Pacers, who would pivot and search for perimeter free agent help elsewhere. Doug McDermott and Joe Harris are potential Pacers targets, league sources tell ESPN.
Michael Scotto: Nets free agent guard Joe Harris spoke with his agent Mark Bartelstein, coach Kenny Atkinson, and GM Sean Marks and reiterated he wants to stay in Brooklyn. “I don’t really envision myself being anywhere else.”
Brian Lewis: Joe Harris: “I’ve been in talks here – especially recently – a lot with my agent, and I’ve reiterated that I’d like to be here. And I told that to Kenny & Sean…I think everybody is kind of on the same line (of thinking) right here.” #Nets
Anthony Puccio: Joe Harris said he reiterated to his agent that he would like to stay in Brooklyn. #Nets
The Nets swingman will be an unrestricted free agent this summer and is expected to receive a hefty pay raise. According to eight NBA executives, who spoke to The Athletic on the condition of anonymity, Harris could command anywhere from $4 million to $7 million annually this summer.
While there’s still a bit more of the regular season left, and free agency still several months away, it’s something Harris has already thought about. If all goes well, Brooklyn is a place he can see himself staying long-term. “Yeah, it’s one of those things that I’ll worry about that sort of decision when the time comes. But I have really enjoyed my time in Brooklyn,” Harris told Basketball Insiders. “It’s a great organization with a lot of good people, and they try and do stuff the right way. I enjoy being a part of that and trying to kind of rebuild and set a good foundation for where the future of the Brooklyn Nets is.”
The Brooklyn Nets have signed free agent guard Joe Harris to a multi-year contract. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not released. “We are pleased to welcome Joe to the Nets family,” said General Manager Sean Marks. “We are confident that Kenny and his staff will continue to create an environment in which Joe and our other young players will develop and thrive.”
Adrian Wojnarowski: Free agent guard Joe Harris has agreed to a deal with the Brooklyn Nets, league sources tell @TheVertical.
Michael Scotto: Source: Brooklyn Nets and Joe Harris have agreed to a 2-year, $2 million deal.
Mike Mazzeo: Joe Harris got two years, $2 million per agent Mark Bartelstein #Nets
Alex Kennedy: Joe Harris is also amoung the free agents that the Knicks are working out today, per sources.
Josh Robbins: The Magic will request waivers on Joe Harris.
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The Hornets are highly interested in selecting former Memphis center James Wiseman in the Nov. 18 draft, two NBA sources with knowledge of the situation told The Observer.
Those sources said they believe the Hornets — who hold the third overall pick — would consider trading up if it would secure Wiseman, who played just three college games at Memphis before opting out of his freshman season and turning pro. One of those sources said he views Georgia guard Anthony Edwards as the Hornets’ backup plan if Wiseman isn’t available to Charlotte.
These are the three main reasons a December start, after the longest N.B.A. season, suddenly became the target: This is what the league’s television partners want. Throughout the N.B.A.’s three-month stay at Walt Disney World, all signs pointed to the 2020-21 season beginning in 2021. League insiders frequently cited mid-January as the earliest possible start date, and several said they would not be surprised to see the wait extended until February or March. Playing the long game, it was often suggested, would enhance the chances of fan attendance for at least a portion of the regular season.
Of course, over the two-plus weeks since the season ended, daunting projections about the spread of the coronavirus this winter have led to rising pessimism about the league’s ability to admit even small crowds anytime soon. Multiple teams thus began to whisper last week that momentum was building to start the new season around Dec. 25 to preserve the ability to broadcast five games on Christmas Day.
Disney, which owns ESPN and has been described by Silver as the league’s biggest partner, badly wants to continue that Christmas tradition and have five games to televise on either ABC or ESPN. Turner, the N.B.A.’s other primary broadcast partner, would get its traditional opening night doubleheader on a Tuesday if the union agrees to the Dec. 22 proposal. The league, for its part, has informed the union that it projects a difference of $500 million in revenue if it can start the season in December rather than mid-January. All of those factors resonate pretty loudly after the season that the N.B.A. just endured.
The league wants to give fans (and players) their summers back. Starting the new season before Christmas would probably enable N.B.A. players to participate in the Tokyo Olympics in July 2021. And several of the league’s top international players, such as Italy’s Danilo Gallinari, Marco Belinelli and Nicolo Melli and France’s Evan Fournier and Rudy Gobert, have said in recent weeks how important it is to them.