Devin Harris’ Uncertain Future With the Nets

by May 12, 2010
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If New Jersey lands John Wall in the Draft, Devin may be good as gone. Rod Thorn tells the Star-Ledger that he’s already fielding calls from around the L about Harris’ availability as a trade chip: “Still, it raises an issue that he has yet to address: If the Nets are ‘leaning toward Wall,’ as Thorn reiterated a few minutes later into a 30-minute chinwag, where does that leave Devin Harris? ‘Well, we have different things to consider, and we’re not there yet,’ The Boss said. ‘Can they play together? We have to discuss it. I know this, we’ll have the fastest backcourt anywhere. But you know what, let’s see what happens on the 18th first. We’ll answer that when the time comes.’ We brought this up, of course, because the calls about Harris have already begun. All of them from friendly folks in need of a point guard if Thorn happens to get the top pick, all of them from peers who are certain the Nets are moving Harris between May 19 and June 24 if Wall drops into their lap. ‘I can’t lie about it,’ Thorn said. ‘I’ve had calls about that.’ If we had to guess, they came from Miami, Indiana and Atlanta – though we don’t know how the Hawks feel about Jeff Teague. Our other guess is this: This will all be about creating more cap space – something that will push the Nets into the 35M range. The others can offer up draft picks, but forget about matching up salaries – all Devin suitors will have to go find a third team to take their garb….er, baggage. So don’t come offering up Michael Beasley or Jeff Foster or even Marvin Williams with the other considerations. Picks and room – full stop. Nothing else matters right now. At least that’s how we’d play it: In for a penny, in for a pound – and there’s no reason why they shouldn’t be shooting for the moon when the calendar turns to July 1.”