Nets Rumors: Latest on Joe Harris Trade Value; Kevin Durant 'Really Likes' Cam Thomas

Tyler Conway@@jtylerconwayFeatured Columnist IVNovember 24, 2021

Brooklyn Nets forward Joe Harris (12) shoots in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the New Orleans Pelicans in New Orleans, Friday, Nov. 12, 2021. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
AP Photo/Gerald Herbert

While Kyrie Irving's continued absence from the Brooklyn Nets has led to some understandable trade speculation, the player on their roster with the most tangible trade value is reportedly Joe Harris.

"There's some belief in the league—it doesn't even need sourcing—if you look at analysis on the roster, if the Nets had to make the trade, the player they have that they could trade that could get them value in return is Joe Harris. But you can't move Joe Harris unless you have a really good shooter to play on the perimeter there," ESPN's Brian Windhorst said on The Hoop Collective podcast (48:26 mark).

Windhorst says to "watch out" for rookie guard Cam Thomas, who has been lighting up the G League of late. The LSU product scored 46 points in a G League game Saturday night, and Kevin Durant "really likes" Thomas' game.

Harris has missed the Nets' last four games with an ankle injury, leading to Thomas getting some increased run with the NBA team. Thomas scored 11 points in 15 minutes in Monday's win over the Cleveland Cavaliers. 

That said, it's clear the Nets don't yet feel comfortable slotting Thomas into Harris' role when he's out of the lineup. DeAndre' Bembry has been getting a surprising amount of playing time of late, including two starts. Bembry is largely a nonfactor on the offensive end but provides solid perimeter defense.

It's hard to imagine the Nets trading Harris this season. The sharpshooter is knocking down 46.6 percent of his threes and is a better defender than advertised. Thomas is an at-times electric scorer who can be a bit of a black hole offensively and hasn't remotely scratched the surface of his defensive potential.

If Thomas shows some level of improvement as the season progresses, it's possible a Harris trade is something to explore in the offseason. The Nets are already playing without Kyrie Irving; adding any more uncertainty to the guard rotation doesn't seem advisable at this point.