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.