5. Brooklyn Nets
The Brooklyn Nets appear to be building something special as the other team in New York City. Coming off a surprising 42-win season that helped secure a playoff birth, the Nets are looking toward an even bigger picture in the hopes of acquiring the best this free agency class has to offer.
They’ve been in hot pursuit of both Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant, with the rumor mill truly heating up as the season came to a close. Whether or not Brooklyn is the frontrunner to land one or both of these stars is not a question with a legitimate answer, but it’s clear the duo is the ultimate prize for the Nets this summer.
They could wind up winners of the offseason, or maybe one of either KD or Kyrie decides to take their talents elsewhere. Brooklyn will have enough money to hand out two max contracts. The front office may play it safe and have it roll over to next year should they strike out at the top, or they may possibly look to spend it elsewhere on a guy like Harris.
In a trendy market with a great foundation in place both in the front office and on the court, Harris could certainly do a lot worse than the Nets when deciding where to sign. At worst, he’d be the No. 2 option offensively, possibly with a better shot at qualifying for his first All-Star Game in the Eastern Conference.
The issue with this pairing stems from the unknown of what a guy like Harris is looking for in his next team. Is he willing to sacrifice some shots if it means realistically contending for a championship, or is he content putting up big-time numbers on a team with a ceiling as high as the second round?
The answer to this question may come down to who, if anyone, would join him in Brooklyn. Given that risk, it’s hard not to imagine other places across the league where Harris couldn’t have his cake and eat it too.