All summer, the Brooklyn Nets were embroiled in trade rumors. Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and Ben Simmons all appeared in the trade rumours. However, no deals could be struck and the team will see what they have in their current big three for the first time. Simmons isn’t the only notable name returning from injury, Joe Harris has been officially acquitted as the start of the season fast approaches.
Harris and colleague Seth Curry have both been mentioned as additional picks in trade rumors for Durant and Irving. Although no deal could be finalized with Curry or Harris as a secondary element, an NBA exec told Heavy.com that either guard could be bought later in the Nets season.
Speaking to Heavy.com’s Sean Deveney, an Eastern Conference executive opened up about the two Brooklyn Guards firing live and the likelihood of at least one of them being traded. The manager noted that which guard they treat will likely depend on who they get the most value back for and how Harris is returning from an injury.
Last season, Curry averaged nearly 15 points per game while shooting nearly 47% from goal with the Nets. Curry could be a valuable trade item for any team. In his last full season with the Nets, Harris averaged similar numbers, averaging 14.1 points on over 47% of hits from deep for Brooklyn. While both add depth to the Nets, they have such similar play that the Nets could look and likely dish out one of the two Guardians, according to the unnamed executive.
The nets were unyielding about not including Harris in a deal with the Los Angeles Laker or other teams this summer, which could hint at which guard might get the nod at trading opportunities this summer. Now the star is expected to return from injury as training camp quickly approaches.
Harris’ agent spoke to his clients’ status ahead of the start of the 2022-23 NBA season with reassurances the sniper “feels great.”
“He’s doing great,” Bartelstein told ESPN. “Feeling great, ready to roll.”