Because these games were both technically Nets home games - which seems strange, but is the price you pay for years of terrible attendance - the Nets brought all the entertainment. This meant the Nets dancers were here, this meant Nets announcer Gary Sussman was here, and this meant Marv Albert was here, bringing his new lighter hairpiece to a different continent. [Iron Eagle didn't make the trip.] The only people who weren't here were those recently traded for Deron Williams, namely Devin Harris and Derrick Favors. This probably suits both of them - Favors wouldn't have to spend a week having his name spelled with a U, and Harris wouldn't have to have a rematch versus Stuart Tanner.
Devin Harris PG/SG, 6’3, 192lbs, 34 years old, 13 years of experience
Increasingly a three-point specialist who shot only 32.8% from three last season, Harris did contribute something as a bench scorer despite an injured toe that was supposed to keep him out. However, with his con-tract not guaranteed, with no need for both him and Barea, with his advancing age and declining play, this might be the end of his time in Dallas, simply because there is not much need to keep him. He is a back-court glue guy, but ultimately, he no longer does much.
Player Plan: Beginning the final year of his contract at $4,402,546, but only $1,339,262 of it is guaranteed. Waive and stretch - the cap space and roster spot are useful, whereas Harris’s play these days is marginal.
So saturated can this market be, however, that anyone can benefit. And even non-competitive teams have done so this summer. The Wizards may have facilitated their playoff push with the overly maligned Al Harrington, who if he can have a clean run of health, surely won’t have lost his ability to score. The Mavericks might have done it twice – in addition to the redeemable Blair, they also returned Devin Harris, whose star may have long burned out but who nevertheless will be one of the better backup point guards in the league. And the Lakers might have done it more than twice – Nick Young, Jordan Farmar, and even Shawne Williams have higher talent levels than their price tags indicate.
A small scoring guard at this point in his career – he always was this, but he plays alongside actual point guards all the time now - Harris is recording 10.0 points per game thus far this season. If it lasts for the whole year, this would be his best mark since the 2011-12 season. That said, it might not last. But with Seth Curry still out, Harris will continue to get minutes, so it might do in the short term.
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