Monday, June 21st, 2010 at 1:15 pm  |  9 responses

Devin Harris’ Ever-Changing Trade Status

Poor Devin. He can never really ever tell if he’s coming or going, and the NY Daily News has the latest: “Just over two months ago, when the Nets wrapped up a 12-70 season in Miami, Harris had no idea where he was headed. With the Nets locking up the best chance to secure the No. 1 pick, which would mean drafting Kentucky point guard John Wall, odds were Harris had just played his final game as a Net. But going into Thursday’s draft, it now seems unlikely that Harris will be used the same way that Richard Jefferson and Vince Carter were in the previous two offseasons – as trade bait. While Jefferson and Carter were both sent packing on the afternoon of the previous two drafts, all indications are that Harris will make it through the day and begin next season as the Nets’ starting point guard. In addition to finishing third in the draft lottery and likely losing any chance to land Wall, the Nets hired Johnson, who coached Harris in Dallas for 3-1/2 seasons before the point guard was traded to the Nets in the Jason Kidd deal. During his introductory press conference on Tuesday, Johnson made it seem as if he was preparing to spend a lot of time with Harris in the months before the Nets start their season. ‘I’m really excited about us working together again,’ Johnson said. ‘I got to see him grow from a rookie in the NBA to a young man, and we’re going to get Devin playing the type of basketball that I know he’s capable of playing.’ Harris and Johnson had a rocky past but acted like best friends during the press conference, which Harris attended after cutting short his vacation. At one point, Harris grabbed a microphone and asked a question during the televised event, grinning ear to ear the whole time. He later admitted that he and Johnson had ‘butted heads’ over philosophical differences and the coach’s tendency to be overly critical of him during their time in Dallas. But while saying that he doubts the head-butting will completely go away, Harris made it clear he’s happy that Johnson is his coach again, and just as happy to have a future in New Jersey. Harris apparently spoke just as highly of Johnson during a private discussion with team president Rod Thorn late in the season, when Thorn asked his opinion on Johnson.”

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  • http://thekobebeef.wordpress.com LDR4

    Is Devin really happy about Avery being his coach again? I watched them in Dallas and it was clear that they wanted different things on the court. Guess we will wait and see…

  • deano

    great article, you have to feel for the kid. Never really had an opportunity to realize his potential. The team has a great core, and over all great talent, but they’ve got a giant hole in the middle….that can easily be filled by one James fellow, but thats lookin more and more distant a possibility. Either way the future can only look up for the squad- hopefully management can trust the him to take the wheel that turns the things around.

  • http://www.shawnkemp.com JACO

    Devin and avery really were never on the same page in dallas and if coach doesnt believe that can change he will have to force mr. prokhorovs hand in trading him for some other talent.

  • box

    how bout adam morrison + jordan farmer and some cash for devin harris yell

  • http://www.twitter.com/gerardhimself Gerard Himself

    I hope box is kidding, I’m not even sure. Anyway, Harris won’t get traded. They won’t trade him for a pick for another point guard, or another pick, or a big man. Why would they? The Nets don’t have the no. 1 pick for John Wall anyway, so with Harris they a point guard in place. All they have to do now is draft Derrick Favors Thursday (or Turner if he’s available, which is unlikely), and see what they can do in free agency. Harris will stay a Net, and I’m not worried at all about his relationship with Avery Johnson. It’s been a couple of years, Johnson has a lot of faith in him, no doubt this will work. Harris is older, and Johnson hopefully learnt from his mistakes a couple of years ago.

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    trade him to the cavs please.

  • JoeMaMa

    @Gerard Himself: we agree again. Johnson got fired and had a long time to think about his philosophies and attitudes towards coaching. I’m sure he was asked about his relationship with the team’s starting PG before he was hired. And Harris has gone through the fires of a losing season and will no doubt listen to the coach that guided his team to winning seasons. They may argue, but both want to win. It’s a new day for NJ.

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  • The Philosopher

    Shout out to Jack Haley.