Joe Harris, who a little less than five years ago was traded, underwent ankle surgery and was cut in a single day, agreed to a four-year, $75 million contract on the first night of free agency Friday. The contract will be among the highest the Nets franchise ever agreed to.
News that the Nets were likely to re-sign the 28-year-old Harris came first from Marc Stein of the Times minutes into free agency…
Strong indications that the Nets will be securing commitment from the sharpshooting Joe Harris despite considerable external interest
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) November 20, 2020
Then, four hours later, first Shams Charania, then Adrian Wojnarowski provided details…
Deal negotiated by agent Mike Kneisley.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) November 21, 2020
Free agent guard Joe Harris has agreed to a four-year, $75M deal to return to the Brooklyn Nets, his agent Mark Bartelstein @PrioritySports tells ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 21, 2020
Minutes after that, Bobby Marks laid what the contract will cost Joe Tsai, the Nets owner who said he’d be willing to pay the luxury tax to be a championship contender…
Brooklyn will get a discount on their tax bill after the season ends.
Right now it stands at $47.5M
Strong message by ownership that they could not afford to let Harris walk in free agency.
— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) November 21, 2020
Minutes after the deal was announced, Tsai himself tweeted out his congratulations … using a video from Andrew Yang, a Knick fan turned Nets fan, to do it.
— Joe Tsai (@joetsai1999) November 21, 2020
Superstars like current teammates Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving and All-Stars Jason Kidd and Deron Williams, have signed for more. Other than that, only Richard Jefferson who also signed a $75 million, is in the same neighborhood as Harris.
The Nets now have 13 players under contract, including Harris and this week’s acquisitions, Bruce Brown and Landry Shamet. (Woj also reported that Garrett Temple, whose $5 million team option wasn’t picked up by Brooklyn this week, has signed a $5 million deal with the Bulls.)
While the signing won’t become official until Sunday at the earliest, it was considered likely since Sean Marks had said on multiple occasions —as recently as Thursday— that signing him was the organization’s “No. 1 priority” and Harris saying his “ideal situation” would be a return to Brooklyn. Tsai had also signaled his willingness to pay Harris by stating he’d be wiling to pay a luxury tax this season if it helped the Nets become a championship team.
The Nets signed Harris in July 2016, five months after the Cavaliers had unceremoniously dumped him at the trade deadline, trading him to the Magic while Harris was undergoing surgery on his ankle. While still under the knife, the Magic waived him.
Since then, “Joey Buckets” has become one of the game’s best 3-point shooters. Over the last three years, the Chelen, Washington native is the NBA’s most reliable deep shooter. He led the league in 3-point shooting in 2018-19 with a torrid 47.4 percent pace and won the 3-point shooting context at All-Star Weekend. He is currently 12th all-time in 3-point shooting percentage and fifth among active players at 42.6 percent.
This season, Harris averaged 14.5 points and 3.4 rebounds in 69 games shooting 48.6 percent overall and 42.4 from deep.
The Nets now have one free agent, Chris Chiozza, who’s a restricted free agent.