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Report: Jazz dangling Devin Harris in trade talks

Posted on: January 20, 2012 7:39 pm
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Posted by Ben Golliver devin-harris-slc

New city, same reality: Devin Harris in on the trade block.

ESPN.com reports that the Utah Jazz point guard, acquired in the 2011 deadline blockbuster that sent Deron Williams to the New Jersey Nets, is being dangled in trade talks, with the Los Angeles Lakers as one possible suitor.
The Jazz have made it known that point guard Devin Harris is available via trade, according to front-office sources.

But you can safely assume that Utah won't struggle to find a taker before the March 15 trade deadline, given that Harris only turns 29 next month and has a very movable contract with only next season remaining at $8.5 million.

The Lakers would surely have interest, desperately needing an injection of speed in their backcourt, but the $8.2 million trade exception L.A. created by dealing Lamar Odom to Dallas isn't big enough to accommodate Harris' current $9.5 million salary.
Prior to getting traded to Utah, Harris, 28, was involved in trade rumors for the better part of his tenure in New Jersey. That's the life when you're a good but not great point guard that's not quite in tune with the development life cycle of the team around you. On the season, Harris is averaging 8.1 points and 4.6 assists as veteran reserve Earl Watson has stepped into a big minutes role.

The Jazz, at 9-5, are one of the surprise stories in the Western Conference. Loaded with young parts, they've taken advantage of their always excellent homecourt advantage to run out to a hot start. Given that they've played almost twice as many games at home (9) as on the road (5), there's a sense that the current record is a bit of fool's gold and it's quite possible they wind up as a lottery team when all is said and done.

Still, teams in that situation aren't usually eager to part with their starting point guard, even if he only plays 25.6 minutes a night. Any trade involving Harris is likely to come closer to the deadline and involve young pieces and/or picks and/or expiring contracts, the type of assets that would allow the not-yet-formed Jazz to continue developing with maximum flexibility. The Lakers, in particular, don't have much to offer in those departments, at least not without the help of a third team. 
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Since: Jan 15, 2012
Posted on: January 30, 2012 6:52 pm
 

Report: Jazz dangling Devin Harris in trade talks

Jeeeeeesum crow, why is this guy having so much trouble.  He had some good years with a subpar New Jersey team with a bit of a letdown last year.  Hate to say it, cuz at one point I was sold that he was a good player but he has been a real inconsistent shooter.  At the beginning of this year he just wasnt being aggressive at all, then he started takin more shots but nothin was falling for him, and now he is basically playing bench minutes as a starter.  I dunno, I still think he has the ability to have a positive impact for a team but doesnt look like its gonna be with the Jazz.  I think the trade talks in New Jersey hurt his confidence and then being traded and having a bad start seems to have him crushed!! The Lakers could actually be a real good fit for him.  LA has enough offensive threats and the defensive pressure Kobe alone draws, will give Harris alot of good looks. See what happens, but I still have hope for the poor little feller!!



Since: Feb 7, 2010
Posted on: January 21, 2012 5:34 pm
 

Report: Jazz dangling Devin Harris in trade talks

He's never been the same since that injury after his first season with the Nets...Course, he never was a great shooter at any time.  He was effective as a change of pace in the Mavs system but he's lost a bit of explosiveness and has never been loaded with great court vision.  All that being said, he would definitely be a big upgrade to the Lakers if they can manuever to get him.  Fisher can hit a big shot, take some pretty tough charges, and is a good chemistry guy but honestly, he shouldnt be playing for more than 12 minutes a game.



Since: Dec 10, 2007
Posted on: January 21, 2012 5:15 pm
 

Report: Jazz dangling Devin Harris in trade talks

He's a shoot first point guard when he needs to set the tempo and get the team into its offense. He's just not a good fit.



Since: Nov 30, 2009
Posted on: January 21, 2012 2:35 pm
 

Report: Jazz dangling Devin Harris in trade talks

What's the deal with Harris this year?  Maybe he's just not happy there so he doesn't play up to his ability?  I don't know but if he goes to the Lakers, his numbers aren't much better than Fisher's or Blake's.  Maybe he's just bored in Utah. 




Since: Jul 15, 2010
Posted on: January 21, 2012 1:56 pm
 

Report: Jazz dangling Devin Harris in trade talks

Ben, you're such a Laker lover!  do they pay you to write nice about them?Money mouth



Since: Jan 6, 2009
Posted on: January 21, 2012 2:01 am
 

Report: Jazz dangling Devin Harris in trade talks

send him to the knicks for Larry Fields and 2 season tickets to the Yankees.Harris is quick,loves to shoot and can't play D,what a perfect fit


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