The Brooklyn Nets and Joe Harris have agreed to a two-year contract worth $16-million.
Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN was first to report the deal, just minutes before the free agent market opened:
Joe Harris has agreed to a two-year, $16M deal with Nets, league sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 1, 2018
The market was thin for help on the wing, and Harris was already named as a potential target for teams such as the Indiana Pacers:
Barton has been a strong focus for the Pacers, who would pivot and search for perimeter free agent help elsewhere. Doug McDermott and Joe Harris are potential Pacers targets, league sources tell ESPN. https://t.co/gSQJnuIJT5
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 30, 2018
Harris put up career-high numbers with the Nets last season, averaging: 10.8 points, 3.3 rebounds, and a 41.9 clip from the three-point line.
In scoring drives to the rim, Brooklyn’s sixth man ranked first among the entire NBA, averaging a 62.7 field goal percentage.
Harris’ best game last year was a career-high 30 point night against the Cleveland Cavaliers in March:
As soon as the season ended, there was already talk of extreme mutual interest to bring Harris back to Brooklyn.
With such a logjam at the guard position, however; it will be interesting to see if this affects other ends of the roster.
Brooklyn will continue to be active on the free agent market with many players remaining unsigned as of Sunday afternoon.
The urgency with how they navigate Dwight Howard’s buyout will remain the biggest factor in their endeavors to add another free agent to the roster.