2: Gary Harris
Gary Harris was a hot name on the trade market but the Magic didn’t deal him ahead of the deadline. If Orlando buys out his contract, a team will be able to sign him for far less than the $20.5 million that he’s owed this season.
In the 20 games that he played in for the Magic last year, his shooting percentages took a hit but he’s rebounded this season.
The 27-year-old is averaging 11.4 points, 2.1 rebounds, and 1.9 assists in the 52 games that he’s played in for Orlando this year. He’s shooting 44.1% from the field and 38% from the 3-point line.
If the Magic buyout his contract (which the team is expected to do for their draft stock), he’d be the best available 3-and-D candidate. His versatility should raise the eyebrows of Marks and Tsai.
However, there’s been speculation about a possible reunion with the Nuggets. The guard was drafted by Denver in 2014 and remained there until he was traded to Orlando last season.
It’s looking like he’ll have the opportunity to go from one of the worst teams in the league to a contender. Brooklyn’s current situation should be enticing to Harris.
And if Joe has to have a second surgery on his ankle, the Nets could still find a way to have a player with the last name ‘Harris’ in time for the playoffs. That way Brooklyn could turn a bad situation into something good.