Nets Notes: Harris, Crawford, Durant, Dinwiddie

The Nets will have plenty of key decisions to make this fall, including who will become their permanent head coach and whether they should package some of their talent in an effort to trade for another impact player. However, GM Sean Marks isn’t underestimating the importance of re-signing veteran sharpshooter Joe Harris.

“Priority No. 1,” Marks said of locking up Harris, per Brian Lewis of The New York Post. “It’s that simple, yeah. … Signing him and seeing him with this group will certainly be a priority for us.”

Harris, who signed a two-year, $16MM contract with Brooklyn in 2018, figures to be in line for a raise this offseason and it could be a substantial one. He has become one of the NBA’s most consistent outside shooters, knocking down 44.8% of his three-point attempts over the last two seasons, and will be one of the top UFAs in a somewhat weak market.

The Nets already have about $133MM in guaranteed money on their books for next season, per Basketball Insiders, which will almost certainly make them a taxpayer. They’ll have to weigh how much more they’re willing to pay to retain Harris.

Here’s more on Brooklyn:

  • The Nets have been so impressed by Jamal Crawford‘s leadership skills this summer – as well as the offensive ability he has shown in limited practices – that they’re seriously considering adding him to their roster for the 2020/21 season, sources tell Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports.
  • Kevin Durant (Achilles rehab) and Spencer Dinwiddie (contracted COVID-19 in June) aren’t participating in the restart this summer, but they’re among the Nets players working out and playing pickup ball in Los Angeles. Chris Milholen of NetsDaily has the details and the video.
  • If the Nets go star-hunting this offseason, Caris LeVert is one player whose name could come up in trade rumors. However, LeVert has shown with his play this summer that he may be capable of complementing Durant and Kyrie Irving himself. After scoring 37 points on Thursday, LeVert earned praise from Damian Lillard and was referred to as “the best kept secret in the NBA” by Crawford (via Twitter).
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12 thoughts on “Nets Notes: Harris, Crawford, Durant, Dinwiddie

  1. phenomenalajs

    I don’t see them making any major outside signings or trades. They’ll pay market value for Joey Buckets and pay whatever the tax bill is. They may try to shed some other salaries like Prince, but I don’t see anything big incoming. They’ve already got a formidable team outside the bubble.

    • harden-westbrook-mvps

      The Nets are already over the luxury tax for 2021 so they can’t pay anyone more than the $6M mini-MLE, so that’s the best they can do.

    • acarneglia

      Charlotte could be a dumping spot for Prince. They can take on salary and all the Nets have to do is attach a sweetener.

  2. Sillivan

    76ers and Rockets fans target Joe Harris
    It makes perfect sense in basketball
    Sign and trade?

    He is hot product
    4 years 80 million?
    Nets have zero problem to sign him
    Nets have zero problem to use MLE

    • harden-westbrook-mvps

      Except a team accepting a player in a sign and trade is automatically hard-capped, and I’m sure the Rockets want to keep some flexibility with their roster so they won’t make a deal like that.

      • wagner13

        Harris would also be a bit redundant with Gordon and McLemore already on the roster. I think Houston would be more interested in a defensive specialist at the wing

  3. KnickerbockerAl

    KD and Kyrie have voiced their opinion. They want another solid vet. But who is realistically available. I would not trade LaVert. He fits well with Kyrie. He’s a stud with good size. A poster here said Horford for Dinwiddie. That’s just too perfect for me. Great for both teams. Would they do this in same conference????
    Rumors have been about Hayes and Dinwiddie and picks for another star. But who is out there. Don’t see it. Plus we need to see who the coach is going to be.
    Dinwiddie is a nice scoring PH. Who could help a few teams. Knicks, Bulls, Sixers, Suns, Spurs,

    • wagner13

      Idk why the Nets would want Horford. His contract is already a deficiency and they have a pair of capable bigs in Allen and Jordan. Additionally, I don’t think the trade would work for salary-matching purposes.

      I do agree Dinwiddie is superfluous with Irving, Levert, and Temple already on the roster. He could be flipped for a decent stretch four or three and D wing. The teams you listed all seem like pretty good fits

  4. east333

    Cavs need to trade Love to free up space and sign Joe Harris. Bring him back here, please lmao

  5. Sillivan

    If Nets want to trade for future
    Any of the below players for Warriors TE and future First
    Dinwinddie
    LaVert
    Prince
    Harris

  6. Lionel Muggeridge

    I can’t believe there’s been no talk about what we can expect out of Durant and Irving. KD is coming off the worst injury you can have. Hardly anyone as returned as the same player they once were after an Achilles injury. And Irving apart from his cancerous effect on teams is injury prone himself

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