Brooklyn Nets rumors: Joe Harris to get 3-point contest invitation

Brooklyn Nets Joe Harris. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
Brooklyn Nets Joe Harris. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images) /

It’s not official, but according to a report, Brooklyn Nets guard Joe Harris will be invited to Charlotte for NBA All-Star Weekend for the 3-Point Shootout.

According to a report, Joe Harris of the Brooklyn Nets will receive an invitation to compete in the Three-Point Shootout at All-Star Weekend in Charlotte later this month.

Brian Lewis of the New York Post reported Saturday night, citing a league source, that Harris — third in the NBA in 3-point shooting at 46.2 percent entering play against the Orlando Magic Saturday night — would be one of the eight contestants for the annual event.

The Three-Point Shootout is part of All-Star Saturday night, set this year for Feb. 16 at Spectrum Center in Charlotte the night before the All-Star Game itself, with Brooklyn’s D’Angelo Russell named to a reserve spot Friday as an injury replacement for Victor Oladipo of the Indiana Pacers.

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Harris would be the first Net in the contest since Joe Johnson in 2014.

Entering play Saturday, Harris has appeared in 49 games — starting all of them after making 26 career starts in his first four NBA seasons — and is averaging 13.4 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 29.7 minutes per game, shooting 49.4 percent overall.

Harris re-signed with the Nets last summer as an unrestricted free agent on a two-year, $16 million contract after breaking out last season with averages of 10.8 points and 3.3 rebounds in 25.3 minutes a night on 49.1 percent shooting overall and 41.9 percent from deep.

He is on pace to break the Nets’ single-season record for 3-point shooting, ahead of the 44.9 percent mark of Hall of Famer Drazen Petrovic in 1992-93.

Harris is currently third on the franchise’s all-time career list at 42.3 percent in his three seasons with the team, trailing only Petrovic’s 43.7 percent mark and the 42.9 percent shooting as a Net by Eddie House.

Harris would be just the fourth Net to appear in the contest. The others include Johnson in 2014, Anthony Morrow in 2012 and Petrovic in 1992.

No Net has won the competition.

Already confirmed for this year’s Three-Point Shootout are a pair of Charlotte natives in Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors — who won in 2015 — and younger brother Seth Curry of the Portland Trail Blazers, as well as Buddy Hield of the Sacramento Kings, Portland’s Damian Lillard and Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks.

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Harris is the fourth Net to be named to this year’s All-Star festivities, with Jarrett Allen and Rodions Kurucs selected Tuesday for the Rising Stars Challenge.