NBA Rumor: Joe Harris Injury

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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.”

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.
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“I really just want to be a part of the program,” Spoelstra said. “I’m always pushing myself to get better in the offseasons; I go visit people and all that stuff. This is going to be a basketball immersion. I mean, the dinners, the team meetings … for where I am right now in my career, I think this is the perfect thing for a summer of development.”
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