Nets’ Joe Harris ‘definitely’ wants to re-sign, get title shot with Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving
Brooklyn Nets sharpshooter Joe Harris is hoping to re-sign with the team after his contract expires at the end of the 2019-20 season. The marksman is anxious for an opportunity to score a potential title shot next to a healthy Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant, who should return for next season.
Irving battled injuries all season long and Durant sat out its entirety with a torn Achilles injury. Both superstars would give the Nets a massive chance to battle the East’s best in the postseason, and Harris a chance to go deep in the playoffs if he re-signs.
“Yeah, definitely! Why wouldn’t you?” Harris asked rhetorically before the season was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to Brian Lewis of The New York Post.
“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 has been a solid backbone of this Nets team, averaging 13.9 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 2.1 assists on the season as the primary sniper. He’s shooting a steady 47.4% from the floor and 41.2% from deep — the third straight season he’s shot the ball over the 40% mark from distance.
The Virginia product is expected to get a significant raise ($6.7 million this season) if re-signed. The Nets hold his Bird rights, allowing them to go over the salary cap to sign him. Yet Brooklyn is expected to address plenty of talking points in the offseason and find suitable players to surround Irving and Durant with.
Harris should be a surefire help for the Nets as one of the league’s premiere dead-eye shooters, so long as Brooklyn can hit the right number in negotiations.