Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reports that the Brooklyn Nets have picked up a team option on former University of Virginia basketball star guard Joe Harris for the 2017/2018 season. The option is for one year and pays Harris 1.5 million dollars.
Nets picking up options on guards Sean Kilpatrick ($1.5M) and Joe Harris ($1.5M) for 2017-'18 season, league sources tell @TheVertical.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) June 29, 2017
Harris spent one-and-a-half seasons with the Cleveland Cavaliers, which drafted him in the second round (no. 33 overall) of the 2014 NBA Draft. He was dealt to and then waived by the Orlando Magic before signing with the Nets in July of 2016. In his first season in Brooklyn, Harris averaged 8.2 points per game in 52 games before being sidelined for the remainder of the season with a shoulder sprain. He turned in 19 double-digit scoring performances and finished the season second on the team in 3-point percentage at 38.5%.
Harris’ deal is the second piece of good news former Hoos stars have received this week. On Monday, Malcolm Brogdon was named the 2016/2017 NBA Rookie of the Year. Brogdon became the first second round draft pick (Milwaukee Bucks) to receive the honor in the new draft era.
Additionally, four former Hoos — Darion Atkins (Phoenix Suns, reportedly), Anthony Gill (Charlotte Hornets, officially announced), London Perrantes (Miami Heat, officially announced) and Mike Tobey (Detroit Pistons, officially announced) — have signed on to play in the 2017 NBA Summer League. The first Summer League sessions kicks off in Orlando Saturday, July 1, and runs through July 6. Perrantes and Gill will face off against each other in the first round of games on July 1, in a game that will be televised on NBA TV at 11 a.m.
Click here to view ESPN’s full Summer League schedule rundown and where you can watch.