NBA Rumor: Joe Harris Trade?

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At the end of their podcast on the upcoming trade season, Zach Lowe asked Adrian Wojnarowski about teams he’ll be interested in watching at Thursday’s deadline approaches. Without suggesting any trade machine fodder, Woj reiterated what most pundits have been saying, the Nets could do some profit-taking on their development of “second chance guys.” He identified Joe Harris and Spencer Dinwiddie who have the most value, along with DeMarre Carroll, but he also said he thought the ceiling for Harris was “maybe a second (rounder)” and that the Nets would have to consider moving Dinwiddie if another offers a first rounder.

Adrian Wojnarowski: “Brooklyn will be interesting. They’ve done a great job of developing some of these second chance guys in the league –Spencer Dinwiddie, Joe Harris. (…) DeMarre Carroll has value because there are so few guys at his position available around the league. DeMarre Carroll has value. So, I think Brooklyn wanted to show progress this year, wanted to win more games and they don’t have their pick, so there’s no real motivation for them to tank. They wanted to show progress and they’ve certainly done that but they’ve done a good job. “Maybe Joe Harris gets them a second. Spencer Dinwiddie has just been tremendous. They have him next year on a team option at a really low number. So you’re not giving up Spencer Dinwiddie without getting a LOT back. whoever they would draft –lets say they got a pick — would he be better than Spencer Dinwiddie? Probably not and so I think Brooklyn has put themselves in a position where they can keep gathering up some assets.”

Do the Nets keep a 26-year-old poster child for their vaunted player development beyond the Feb. 8 deadline and risk losing him for nothing this summer? Or do they cash in on an increasingly valuable asset while they can? “It’s something I don’t really think about a whole lot, personally. It’s just the nature of the NBA, where you’ve just got to try to focus on what you can control,” Harris told The Post. “I’ve experienced the other side of it when I was in Cleveland. I got traded the same day I had surgery on my foot, so there’s definitely a business. “At the end of the day, you can’t really get caught up in worrying about all that stuff. It’ll drive you crazy for sure. You’ve just got to live with the ambiguity. There’s a lot of uncertainty in the league, and you just do your part and focus on what you can control.”

In the ESPN Insider story on what each team’s fans should look for as trade season begins, Marks suggested moving Harris was about numbers… Harris’ salary in particular. The former second-round pick is having a career season and will be an unrestricted free agent in July. If Brooklyn is looking to optimize Harris’ trade value, the window is now. If they hold onto him past Feb. 8, the Nets will either have to sign Harris to a contract that starts in the $5-6 million range or lose him for nothing. Expect the Nets to receive a good second-round pick if Harris is moved.

The Cavs have been trying for weeks to trade Harris and his guaranteed deal of roughly $850,000, but Harris has barely played with the Cavs and struggled to make shots during his time in the Development League. ESPN reported Harris could be facing season-ending surgery to have an extra bone removed from his right foot, which will further complicate his trade value. This is the final guaranteed year on Harris’ rookie contract. He has a team option for next season worth slightly less than $1 million.

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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