Should The Cavs Target Joe Harris?

Should The Cavs Target Joe Harris?

Grant Puskar
2 years ago
2 min read
Brooklyn Nets forward Joe Harris points during game against Boston Celtics

According to Evan Dammarell of Right Down Euclid, the Cleveland Cavaliers are of interest in Brooklyn Nets forward Joe Harris. 

It's no secret that the Cavs need depth and scoring on their bench, and they need it bad. Shining super bright in their past few outings, outside of the starting five and Caris LeVert, the Cavs are struggling to find consistent scoring off of their bench, with the bench even providing next to nothing at times.

If the Cavs are serious about contending this year, that is great, but they are still a few pieces away if that is the case. Could Joe Harris be one of them?

Joe Harris This Season

While the numbers might seem a bit underwhelming this season, he is still capable of contributing, especially if he were a member of the Cavs.

Harris is currently averaging 8.7 points per game this season, to go along with 3.0 rebounds and 1.7 assists. When you play on a roster dominated by Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, you can't expect to put up big-time numbers.

The shooting percentages for Harris this season are a thing of beauty, as he is shooting 41.4 percent overall from the field, as well as an efficient 37.3 percent from beyond the three-point line. How does that compare to members of the Cavs current bench?

If Harris joined the Cavs today, he would instantly become the player on the Cavs bench with the second highest three-point field goal percentage (Kevin Love 37.7 percent) and would be fourth overall, sitting behind Donovan Mitchell, Darius Garland and Love.

A guy like Harris is exactly what the Cavs are looking for. Harris provides not only immediate depth at the small forward position, but also a reliable shooter in which Mitchell and Garland can rely on for kick-outs after they create the open shots for their teammates.

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Joe Harris Career Numbers

Harris has solid career numbers overall, as he averages 10.9 points per game. More impressingly, he shoots the basketball at a career mark of 47.9 percent overall and 43.5 percent from three. 

The next best career three point shooter on the Cavs would be Love, as he is a career 37 percent three-point shooter, a six percent drop off.

With his role changing in Brooklyn as the Nets continue to figure out what works best for them, adding Harris might not cost all that much for a team like the Cavaliers to acquire, and could be a low-risk high-reward move if done right.

Let's not forget Harris started his careeer in Cleveland with the Cavaliers back in 2014, so it wouldn't be unfamiliar territory for the three-point specialist. 

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