New York Notes: Harris, Davis, Nets, Hezonja

Before he agreed to a two-year, $16MM deal with the Nets, free agent sharpshooter Joe Harris fielded competitive offers from rival suitors. However, he tells Michael Scotto of The Athletic that his priority was remaining in Brooklyn.

“I had some offers for longer-term deals, but ultimately from the get-go, I had basically said that I wanted to stay in Brooklyn and however we could come to an agreement on that,” Harris said.

Meanwhile, the Nets’ other noteworthy July 1 move involved reaching a contract agreement with Ed Davis, who will ink a one-year, $4.4MM contract with the club. According to Scotto, Davis received interest from the Warriors, Sixers, Thunder, and Trail Blazers before striking a deal with the Nets.

Here are a few more notes on the NBA’s two New York teams:

  • The Nets are not actively shopping anyone on their roster in trade talks, a league source tells Jordan Schultz of Yahoo Sports (Twitter link). That includes Jeremy Lin, who has a $12.5MM expiring contract in 2018/19 and will be part of a point guard rotation that also includes Spencer Dinwiddie and D’Angelo Russell.
  • Within his report on Mario Hezonja‘s agreement with the Knicks, Marc Berman of The New York Post notes that the forward chose New York over seven other teams, including the runner-up Trail Blazers. “The main reason is David Fizdale. He sold him,” a source told Berman. “The goal is to be here long term and finish his career. He was a fan of the team growing up.” Hezonja’s deal significantly reduces the odds of Michael Beasley returning to the Knicks, Berman adds.
  • Nets restricted free agent Milton Doyle has drawn interest from the Timberwolves and an Eastern Conference team, among others, reports Darren Wolfson of 5 Eyewitness News (Twitter link). A two-way player last year, Doyle could sign an offer sheet with another club, but Brooklyn would have the chance to match it.
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6 thoughts on “New York Notes: Harris, Davis, Nets, Hezonja

  1. Dionis

    Hezonja is fooling himself if he thinks he’ll be a long term Knick. I don’t see him being better than Knox. He can be a great shooter but who’s he sitting down? Maybe Hardaway Jr? He’s a small forward not a shooting guard.

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    • KnicksAndDimes

      I like the flier on him. During his starts He put up more efficient numbers than THjr – I really hate that signing – THjr seemed like he had a decent season but if you look at his percentages, it was pretty underwhelming.

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      • Dionis

        It was his first season with the Knicks. I don’t think anyone is expecting him to break out into an all-star but he can rebound and pass and has rounded out his game into much more than just a 3 point shooter.

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        • KnicksAndDimes

          This is his second go round with the Knicks. He was drafted by them.

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        • realistnotsucker

          Knicks fans are so delusional about Tim Brickaway just look at his per and shooting percentages and that’ll show why he’s overpaid, somehow he got a better contract than KCP Dion and Will Barton, he’s not ever close to being a reliable defender like them and his efficiency is dreadful compared to them, Knicks will forever be bad with Dolan as owner

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  2. Agree Hezonja is way better than THJ, also right now he has had a good 1/2 season with Orlando, Knox hasn’t played yet, so I would put my eggs in Hezonja’s basket… for now anyways.

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