Atlantic Notes: Harris, Knicks, Brown, Hernandez

The Nets hope to re-sign sharpshooter Joe Harris in free agency this summer, provided the two sides can agree to terms, Brian Lewis of the New York Post writes.

Harris is set to enter unrestricted free agency, with the 28-year-old likely to seek a big pay upgrade on the open market. The Nets hold his Bird Rights and can go over the salary cap to re-sign him.

“Yeah, definitely! Why wouldn’t you?” Harris said when asked whether he hopes to play with Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant, with the Nets unable to sport their full rotation this season due to injuries.

“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.”

The Nets view Harris as a valuable off-ball threat and necessary asset to have alongside primary ball-handlers such as Irving, Durant, Spencer Dinwiddie and Caris LeVert. He held per-game averages of 13.9 points on 41% shooting from deep this season, starting in all 63 games.

Here are some other notes from the Atlantic division:

  • The Knicks’ most important offseason need is an upgrade at point guard, Marc Berman of the New York Post writes in his mailbag. Berman notes that adding a point guard who can play-make and shoot from distance would elevate the games of RJ Barrett and Kevin Knox immensely.
  • For Celtics forward Jaylen Brown, it’s a matter of when — not if — he will become an NBA All-Star, A. Sherrod Blakely writes for NBC Sports Boston. Brown averaged 20.4 points and 6.4 rebounds per game this season, narrowly missing his first All-Star selection.
  • Blake Murphy of The Athletic examines the recovery of Raptors big man Dewan Hernandez, who battled a major right ankle sprain this season. “It was one of the worst sprains ever. That takes time,” Hernandez said. “But I’ve been through worse, so I’m good mentally.” Hernandez, the No. 59 pick of the 2019 NBA Draft, originally suffered the ankle injury in late December.
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9 thoughts on “Atlantic Notes: Harris, Knicks, Brown, Hernandez

  1. jump shot

    The Knicks shouldn’t have any trouble finding pg’s that can run the show AND shoot from distance.
    Problem will be finding pg’s that can run the show and MAKE from distance.

  2. Simmons>Russ

    Celtics are probably going to be better off once Hayward leaves. Start Kemba Jaylen Jason and Theis and add a centre. They also have three first round picks in the draft (17,26,30).

    I still believe they should trade Gordan Hayward, their own first round pick (26) and a second round pick for Myles Turner and Doug McDermott.

    Turner gives the Celtics a floor spacing centre that can hit threes and block shots. He also fits the timeline (24) with Tatum (22) and Brown (23).
    McDermott gives the Celtics a solid rotational player, he’s a sharpshooter who hit 44.5% on threes last year.

    Pacers get Hayward who is born and raised in Indy and would be a solid player that could put them over the top. TJ Warren and Hayward can share the forward positions and Sabonis can play centre full time. Between Brogdan Oladipo Hayward and Sabonis they could potentially have 4 all stars. They also grab themselves a late first round pick and a second d round pick which is nice for depth considering they don’t have a first themselves. Isiah Stewart would be a good pick late in the first round for Indy

      • Simmons>Russ

        He’s a small ball centre. The dudes only 6’8 which is smaller than LeBron.
        He’s a career 5 rebounds and 1 block guy, that hits threes and plays defence. He would thrive as a PF and with Turner at centre they would be solid

  3. mlbnyyfan

    The Knicks need to trade Knox and others along with the Mavs picks for Beal and move RJ to the 3. Draft a point guard

    • @nbabrothers

      I think that’s a great idea. rJ at the SF position and trading Knox who has value is a great idea.

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