The Utah Jazz Have Put Point Guard Devin Harris On The Trading Block

By Joshua Casey

After trading All-Star point guard Deron Williams to the New Jersey Nets for a young prospect in Derrick Favors, and a budding young star in Devin Harris it now seems that the Jazz are willing to pull the plug on one of those two options. Devin Harris, according to sources, has now been put on the trading block. Last season after getting dealt to the Jazz Harris only appeared in 17 games averaging 15.8 points, 2.4 rebounds, and 5.4 assists per game.

This season has been a whole different story though as Harris is averaging just 8.1 points, 1.4 rebounds, and 4.6 assists. Harris has been in the NBA for eight seasons now and has career averages of 13.1 points, 2.5 rebounds, and 5.0 assists per game. Harris, for as good as he has been, has been sort of a journeyman throughout his NBA career.

Harris was selected fifth overall in the 2004 draft out of Wisconsin by the Washington Wizards but then Harris, along with Jerry Stackhouse and Christian Laettner, were sent to the Dallas Mavericks for Antawn Jamison. Harris’ best season with Dallas came in 2006-2007 where Harris averaged 10.2 points, 2.5 rebounds, and 3.7 assists per game. Harris helped the Mavericks to a team record 67 wins in 2006-2007 and was named co-captain along with Dirk Nowitzki to start the 2007-2008 season.

Harris began the 2007-2008 season very well and was slowly becoming one of the best young point guards in the Western Conference. But on February 19, 2008, Harris along with Keith Van Horn, Tenton Hassell, DeSagana Diop, Maurice Ager, $3 million in cash compensation, and two first round draft picks (2008, 2010), were sent to the New Jersey Nets for Jason Kidd, Malik Allen, and Antoine Wright.

Now although it is unclear as to what teams have contacted the Jazz for Harris, if any have, but there is one team who seems to be interested in Harris, the Los Angeles Lakers. There is one problem though, the Lakers gained an $8.9 million trade exception in the Lamar Odom trade to Dallas but that is not big enough to accommodate Harris’ $9.5 million salary. If the Lakers truly want to get Harris they are going to need to give up something else which they may not want to do as it might put them out of the running for Dwight Howard. Other teams interested in Harris have not been revealed yet and there may not be many as teams are not exactly lining up for his services.


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