Best wishes to David Griffin and Rob Hennigan from the Nets
Dear David and Rob:
The Brooklyn Nets thank you for your decisions in January 2016 that ended up putting Joe Harris on the open market.
As you might have noted, we signed him in July 2016, a little more than six months after you let him go, Rob, when you were the general manager of the Orlando Magic.
It made sense for you, I suppose. Your team could have used a spot-up shooter on the wing, given you had a bunch of rotation guys that couldn’t even hit 35 percent from 3. But Joe had a bad shoulder and wasn’t going to be able to help right away.
You were in a playoff race (at least until that whole eight-game losing streak thing that started just before you made the trade with David and the Cleveland Cavaliers that brought Harris to you in the first place), so you were thinking “win now” rather than “maybe this guy could help us later.”
And David, your part in this whole thing deserves thanks as well. You wanted an open roster spot while you tried to surround LeBron James with the guys who could help him bring that elusive title to Cleveland. You got it done, so kudos.
Of course, it was tough that your thanks for bringing that ring to The Land was to get cheaped by Dan Gilbert. And Rob, you landed on your feet in Ohlahoma City and you’re still young. Keep learning and you’ll get another chance at some point.
And, yes, we’re very happy with Joe — what’s not to love about fifth in the NBA in 3-point shooting and 16th-best all-time.