Free agent security guard Joe Harris has agreed to a four-year $ 75 million return to the Brooklyn Nets contract, his agent Mark Bartelstein of Priority Sports told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Harris, 29, averaged a career high of 14.5 per game last season for Brooklyn while shooting 42.4% out of 3-point range. His return – along with the new additions Landry Shamet and Bruce Brown to retail earlier this week – should help the Nets put some distance between stars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.
Harris’ signing is a massive financial commitment from network owner Joe Tsai. Brooklyn is well into the luxury tax now and has a few vacancies on its list.
The 6-foot-6 guard has revived his career in Brooklyn for the past four years, becoming a top 3-point player in his sophomore year with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2015-16 following an end-of-season injury Protect the league developed. Out of 208 players who have made at least 400 3-point attempts since early 2017/18, only Seth Curry has a higher 3-point field goal percentage.
Harris’s development helped the Nets bounce back after Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce traded in 2013, when the team had no control over their first-round selections for five years.
During this time, Brooklyn was reliant on finding underutilized talent to rebuild – players like Harris, Spencer Dinwiddie, and D’Angelo Russell who also revived their careers.
The Nets’ player development success helped attract the attention of Durant and Irving, who signed with Brooklyn as freelance agents in the 2019 off-season.