So much for this idea that the Nets were ONLY looking to move Troy Murphy at the deadline. In fact, it seems that Billy King is going to be quite a busy guy the next week, as Al Iannazzone is reporting in addition to the team getting back into the Carmelo Anthony sweepstakes, they have engaged the Portland Trailblazers about a possible Devin Harris for Andre Miller swap:
There is a growing belief within the Nets that Harris’ inclusion in the Anthony discussions has taken its toll on him and he’s not as committed to the organization or coach Avery Johnson, who was in Dallas when Harris was traded to New Jersey for Jason Kidd.
The Nets have started games and third quarters sluggishly and as the point guard and captain Harris has to take some responsibility for that. He also hasn’t been as sharp defensively lately.
“You have to be careful when things come out publicly like that,” said a person close to Harris. “You can’t expect guys to play hurt or with an ankle injury and give it their all if you keep trying to trade him.”
If you go back to our last podcast (and who of you didn’t list to the full hour?) we discussed our feelings regarding Harris’ future of the team, and a Devin for Andre Miller deal straight up was even discussed. Iannazzone thinks there will be more players involved, maybe a Travis Outlaw (yay), or Anthony Morrow (nay), but I personally wouldn’t be against a Harris-Miller deal straight-up. Miller is a steady, consistent point guard who has almost always been healthy. I think he would be a better candidate to help get the ball to some of our younger frontcourt players – though if the Nets end up wheeling and dealing some of those guys for ‘Melo, it all goes out the window again.