Joe Harris to be at ‘limited capacity’ as Nets start regular season
NBA star Joe Harris poses with his Golden State Warriors jersey for a fan’s camera in downtown Los Angeles in a video released on his behalf on Wednesday. (Photo: Getty Images)
New Jersey’s Joe Harris, who has become the face of NBA Twitter, will be working on a limited basis through the Nets’ final two preseason games.
Harris, the Warriors’ All-Star point guard, tweeted Wednesday night that his team was scheduled to work out for seven of the Nets’ eight preseason games.
The tweet was followed by a second: “I’ll be at limited capacity!”
The Nets have been working out at practice since the beginning of training camp, trying to ensure that the workouts are open to as many fans as possible. They were scheduled to play a preseason game in Sacramento on Friday night, and at least 10 more games over the course of the regular season.
The Nets had a roster full of players on hand on Wednesday night. Harris was not among them.
Harris, who led the Warriors to their first title last season, averaged 17.1 points, 5.2 assists, 5.1 rebounds, 1.6 steals and 1.1 blocks per game for the Nets last season. He averaged 14.5 points, 4.9 assists, 4.0 rebounds and 1.4 steals in five NBA seasons with the Lakers, Clippers, Heat and Warriors.
With only one pick in the first round of the NBA draft, the Nets can use the seventh overall pick to sign a veteran point guard to a long-term contract. Harris, who turns 37 on August 30, has played sparingly for Houston this season, with a small role in the team’s playoff loss to Oklahoma City.
The Nets have not officially announced any roster moves since the end of training camp on Tuesday, but the players have said before that they are “still searching for a No. 1 option.”
And that search will continue through the preseason.