Point guard Devin Harris joined the Utah Jazz last season after being traded from the New Jersey Nets. Now the Jazz is looking to unload him and has put him on the trading block, according to ESPN.
Harris only played 17 games for the season, averaging 15.8 points, 2.4 rebounds, and 5.4 assists per game. This year hasn't gone so well. With 14 games under his belt, the 28-year-old Harris is averaging 8.1 points, 1.4 rebounds, and 4.6 assists. Over his eight seasons in the NBA, Harris has averaged 13.1 points, 2.5 rebounds, and five assists per game.
Harris was the fifth overall pick in the 2004 draft out of Wisconsin by the Washington Wizards. He was dealt to the Dallas Mavericks along with Jerry Stackhouse and Christian Laettner for Antawn Jamison.
He has definately been a disappointment this season.
Lord knows the Lakers need to make a play for him! No Steve Blake anytime soon, no speed, or scoring outside of Kobe
Who would the Lakers even trade? Harris stinks, but why would anyone want any Lakers player outside of Kobe, Gasol and Bynum? The team is filled with 2nd round picks and over paid veterens, that's a direction the Jazz are trying to move away from.
Idk! I just said I hope they make a play for him, you don't know what GMs thinking. Look at the Lamar Odom trade, the Joe Johnson contract, the Mavs letting half their championship team walk, and the great Pau Gasol heist. For real? Who knew ANYBODY would see Kwame Brown as a trade piece. Not to mention the way Kwame got stupid paid this year. The NBA is an unpredictable storm, especially when its all about $$$!
The Lakers don't need ANOTHER aging PG that's not producing. They need youth so bad I know they miss having Jordan Farmar. Harris's career has been downhill since he made the All-Star team...trading him is smart but to who? Does anybody want or need him that bad? What are you willing to give up for the guy
I think it's going to difficult for them to deal Harris with how poor his production has been this year. I think the Jazz are going to pray for a team's starting PG to go down for the season, leaving the team desperate for a quick fix. But we need to remember the Jazz are winning, so just dumping him for a young guy or pick might be foolish. Maybe if/when they come back down to earth we'll see him moved for something that will help the Jazz in the future.
Yeah they really don't want him, this would be more of a desperation move but the Lakers franchise doesn't operate like that, expecially now when they need proven pieces around to squeeze another ring out of Kobe's Lakers. I can see them going after Dwill, but not a bum like Harris.
I don't think Harris by himself is an attractive piece right now, in his current form. I mean... he's not that much of an improvement even for teams like the Lakers or the Knicks, who desperately need PG. I would assume the Jazz would have to include other players in a possible trade. And if a trade for Harris is made... then the Jazz are left with a PG spot opening which needs to be filled. The only way I see this working out is getting one of the stacked front court players involved in a trade+Harris, for a quality passfirst PG(maybe in a 3-way trade). If not, then I think the Jazz have take the first available point guard from the 2012 draft(Kendall Marshall?).
Thank god. Devin Harris is garbage. I would rather see Earl Watson start. Atleast he plays D and can create for others.
I agree that Watson is just as good if not better than Devin Harris right now. I pretty much said so a couple of weeks ago in a thread which was basically about how Devin Harris isn't getting it done in Utah.
If I were Utah I would ask the Lakers for Devin Harris for Devin Ebanks and a 1st round pick. Ebanks is the 3rd small forward behind Matt and Metta and the Lakers are in win now mode. Ebanks would be a nice backup to Gordon Hayward and they could use the Laker's first rounder for more depth. Then they could go after Kendall Marshall or another point guard with their own pick. Ebanks would give the Jazz the length, athleticism and defensive potential at the 3 spot that they need. The Jazz could then start Earl Watson for the rest of the year and then try to pickup a point guard off of waivers. Ish Smith got cut and he has pretty good speed and energy.
If the Jazz need more help at point guard this year then they could modify the trade by asking for Darius Morris instead of a first round pick. This could work: Devin Harris and a future 2nd round pick for Devin Ebanks and Darius Morris. That way, Watson would have a good backup point guard and perhaps their point guard of the future to go along with a small forward with decent potential. The Lakers gain a quicker point guard and could then move Steve Blake later on in a separate deal. The Lakers are in win-now mode and need to shake up their point guard spot, while the Jazz need a longer term solution at point guard and an addition of Devin Ebanks could only help.
where do you think will he end up? his market value is so low right now..
Watching him play it's clear he has the talent to be a very good pg. He has amazing handles and is one of the fastest players in the league. He's also a decent shot (usually). But it hasn't translated into production at all this year.
A possible trade I could see would be a 3-way deal that would send Harris + CJ Miles to some unknown 3rd team who would give something to the Clips sending Bledsoe to the Jazz. CJ Miles has had a number of very strong games lately, but the Jazz would lose no sleep dropping CJ for even a small upgrade @ the 1.
At the same time, I think the Harris trade buzz is overblown. I think the Jazz are very willing to move him, but are willing to keep him for now hoping he returns to form. I doubt a trade will actually happen.
*Just saw Memphis' post--those trade possibilities make more sense to me than any of the other options I've seen. Any of the options you mentioned seem reasonable.
Harris has certainly not been playing well recently, but he should still start over Watson, if only because of how much better the young guys play with him. He sets them up for easy points, instills energy and toughness in them, and we need that considering they are the future. Our vets are playing good enough and are able to adapt with Harris starting, so no reason to potentially damage our future with him coming off the bench with his poor play.
That being said, I am definitely open to the idea of trading him, even if its for a small temporary upgrade. I wouldn't mind seeing Andre Miller running the point, considering he already has a huge fanbase in Utah, and he wants to start. Would also allow us to have more consistant point play from our starter transitioning to our bench.
WTF wants this guy? I'm still surpised he has lasted this long. Woulda coulda shoulda been a top tier PG, but I believe his spark went out when we played the '09-10 season. He should be with a bottom feeder...On second thought the Knicks may be a match made in heaven.
What about the Bobcats? They could use a veteran to mentor new point guard, Kemba. They could deal Harris for Augustin straight up. Utah gets a young PG who should probably be given another chance after averaging 14pts and 6assists last year starting for the first time. But he won't be given that chance as long as he's n Charlotte, now with Kemba in town. Watson would be a great mentor for him. The Cavs could also use him to mentor Kyrie. I'm not quite sure though if a swap of Harris for Sessions would work.
I also wouldn't mind seeing both Miles and Harris dealt to a third team and Bledsoe goes to the Jazz as earlier mentioned, or Harris to the Lakers for Ebanks and Morris. Although I wonder how Ebanks would fit in with Utah. He wouldn't be given much minutes as he would be playing behind Hayward and Howard, and possibly Miles (If he is still on the team after the Harris trade. I really think Harris and Miles will be traded together) Last year, I remember watching Morris around draft time and thought he would perfect for the Jazz. big, pure point guard, not a bad 3pt shooter, and not horrible athletic either. He disappointed me by deciding to come out early last year. Thought him and Tim Hardaway Jr would really kill it, and really boost his stock up. He still might be perfect for the Jazz.
I think Utah suits Augustin with his style of play, he would have the bigs to feed as #1 options in offensive sets, but bringing in Harris does what for Walker?
Harris will be in the way, it's not like he can teach Kemba how to be a better distributor, because he is not a pass-first minded PG either. Devin wants to get his although he does dish it here & there. The day Augustin gets shipped Kemba takes over full-time in a role similar to Brandon Jennings.
trade him for the JIMMER! lol utah needs him! ticket sales that is.
I'd rather see Augustin in Utah with 8ppg & 12apg versus Augustin in Charlotte with 13.6ppg & 6.6apg
Having 2 5'11 PGs starting in your backcourt isn't going to cut in Charlotte. Devin is a bit bigger and can play off the ball pretty well. DJ and also Boris to Utah since they want him out, and Miles to Charlotte to match up salaries and gives them a SF?
His trade value is currently very low so I'd guess that Utah wait until his contract starts to really run down and then look to try and move him on.