NBA Trade Speculation: Portland Trail Blazers Interested In Devin Harris

Chris Hawkins@@chrhawkinsContributor IIIFebruary 22, 2011

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - FEBRUARY 23:  Devin Harris #34 of the New Jersey Nets drives against Nicolas Batum #88 of the Portland Trail Blazers at the Izod Center on February 23, 2010 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.The Blazers defeated the Nets 102-93.NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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The Portland Trail Blazers are rumored to be interested in New Jersey Nets point guard Devin Harris.

In the trade, the Blazers would send Andre Miller and Joel Pryzbilla to the Nets for Troy Murphy and Harris.

Pryzbilla and Murphy both have expiring contracts and Miller will have a team option for next year.

The Blazers will get a point guard who will be a stop-gap for Brandon Roy if he continues to miss games in the future. The Nets may also want one of Portland’s young prospects like Luke Babbitt, Elliot Williams or Rudy Fernandez.

Harris is a speedy point guard who uses his quickness to get to the free-throw line. He has the potential to be an upgrade over Miller.

However, there are some questions.

Roy and Miller didn’t really gel during their time on the court together. Roy even went as far to say that he didn’t have the ball in his hands enough. So, it is doubtful that Roy will be thrilled with bringing in a player who dominates the ball and looks for his own offense more than Miller does.

Then again, Roy may never be an All-Star player again due to his chronic knee issues.

Harris is a former All-Star. He has great size for a point guard and he is one of the fastest players in the game. Harris also has a very reasonable contract and is only 27 years old.

Portland doesn’t lose much this year or next if they keep Miller, but the following year, when one considers that there may not be any better options available in free agency under the new CBA, they might be in trouble.

Harris is the best PG available now or in the near future, so there has to be some urgency—this may be the best deal available.