Big Decision Coming on Nets' Joe Harris This Week

The Brooklyn Nets have re-made themselves, many feel, back into a championship contender after the Ben Simmons/James Harden trade. But one of their key pieces coming into the season still remains out long-term due to injury. 

Sharpshooter Joe Harris has been struggling with his rehab from ankle surgery in November. He's had a number of set-backs, and the latest update, according to Michael Scotto of HoopsHype, is that a source has informed him "that they’re going to see how things go with him this week in terms of whether he needs a possible second surgery or not." A 2nd procedure would rule him out for the remainder of the season.

After an injury-free four seasons in Brooklyn, Harris has now missed 45 games with the ankle problem, after sitting out just 16 games total over the 4 previous years. 

The Nets now have "Harris Insurance"

Although losing the shooting of James Harden in return for a non-shooter is Simmons would seem to add to the problem, the Nets have compensated for that in large part with the acquisition of Seth Curry as part of the Harden trade. Curry provides more-than-adequate "Harris insurance", with his career 43.8% shooting from beyond the arc. 

Add to that the signing of buyout free agent Goran Dragic, who has been a 36% shooter from deep, and the Nets could have the floor spacing they need even if Harris isn't able to return this season. But it sounds like we should have the answer to that question within the week.

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