Atlanta Hawks Should Not Re-Sign Unrestricted Free Agent Devin Harris
Whenever you move out of a house, it’s a relatively complicated process that you have to go through. You have to pack up all of your things and be on your way to a better place. You always pack up your really nice things that you want to keep for a while. You might keep a fair amount of knick knacks that fill space. Inevitably, though, you are going to have to leave some things, as well.
You might have to leave a couple of things that are really nice, but that you don’t really have any use for anymore. You might be glad to get rid of some things. Then there are those things that you could use if you had them, but you’re not exactly sure if you really need them; those are the most difficult things to make decisions about.
The Atlanta Hawks are pretty much in the same situation as someone moving, because, basically, they are moving on from a place that they’ve been over the past few years in NBA. They are likely going to cut ties with their former star Josh Smith, who has been more of a burden, despite his skills, as of late. They are also likely going to re-sign Jeff Teague and build around him and Al Horford.
Like with someone moving, though, their toughest decisions will be about the players that they could have a place for if they kept them, but that might not be the best option for the team as they head towards this new phase for the franchise. One of the more high-profile players that fits that bill is Devin Harris.
Harris had a nice year with the Hawks, serving as both Teague’s backup and a secondary option at guard. He played 24.5 minutes per game in his 58 regular season appearances and averaged a solid 9.9 points, 3.4 assists, 1.1 steals and two rebounds per game while shooting 43.8 percent from the field. He wasn’t other-worldly, but he was definitely solid.
However, Harris just turned 30 this past February, an age where a lot of players with as many years under their belt as Harris start to see decline in their skills and in their numbers. Harris may be a serviceable backup guard still, but he’s likely not going to bring any dynamic aspect to the table for much longer.
Harris is an unrestricted free agent this summer and the Hawks have a big decision to make regarding him. Because of his age and potential to decline skill-wise, though, the Hawks should let him walk. Could he play solid minutes for them as a backup point guard next year: probably. However, they have younger options like Shelvin Mack with higher upside that they can keep that would likely be better for them. As they move on as a franchise, Harris is a player that the Hawks should decide to part ways with.