NBA Rumor: Joe Harris Injury

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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.

Joe Harris, Paul Millsap out vs. Warriors

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.

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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