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Cavaliers sign second-round pick Joe Harris

Jul 23, 2014, 1:00 AM EDT

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The Miami Heat probably drafted Shabazz Napier for LeBron James.

Did the Cleveland Cavaliers draft for LeBron too?

No. 1 pick Andrew Wiggins could prove useful in getting LeBron’s preference, Kevin Love. And No. 33 selection Joe Harris is the type of spot-up 3-pointer shooter who’d get plenty of open looks playing with LeBron.

Despite entering summer league without a guaranteed contract, Harris is on track to get that chance.

Eric Pincus of Basketball Insiders:

To give Harris a three-year contract, the Cavaliers likely signed Harris with cap room before the Jazz trade. That would mean Malcolm Thomas and Erik Murphy can’t be aggregated in a Love trade for 60 days, which complicates those important negotiations.

If Harris completes his three-year contract, his team will have his Bird rights, which is why many second rounders are now receiving three-year deals. By getting two years guaranteed, Harris did well for himself.

Now, we’ll see how much good LeBron will do for him on the court – and whether his signing interferes with a Love trade.

  1. seasickcecil - Jul 23, 2014 at 1:32 AM

    Coming soon Kevin Love?

  2. zoomy123 - Jul 23, 2014 at 2:42 AM

    He better shoot 40% or higher from 3 because he’s a complete liability on defense.

    • bigbenh8tr - Jul 23, 2014 at 7:31 AM

      Is this opinion based on limited summet league action where defense is not existent or because he’s a 3 point shooter?
      He started on the most productive/lockdown defensive teams in college basketball for the past 2 years and was one of the best defensive players entering the Draft.

      Your comment is very suspect. And he will be fine hitting 40% beyond the arc

      • khadeemw - Jul 23, 2014 at 10:44 AM

        How is he a good defender. Did you actually watch him play in college. By no means is he or was he one of the top defenders in the draft.

    • campcouch - Jul 23, 2014 at 8:39 PM

      The Grizz thought the same way about Love and traded him. Biased thinking. I’m sure if he was a little more tanned he’d be called a steal right?

  3. bigbenh8tr - Jul 23, 2014 at 11:12 AM

    @khadeemw

    Yes, I actually watched every single game he played at Virginia. Side note on the 3 pt shooting; he shot 40% from beyond the arc for his career and one season he was playing with a broken hand.

    He started for UVA defense ranked #1 in the nation in every statistical category and guarded some pretty solid guys in ACC play. He shut down CJ Fair Rodney Hood and Jerami Grant when guarding them. He might have slow feet but hes smart and can play the kind of defense the Cavs will need.

    “On the defensive end, he’s a solid defender despite lacking top end athleticism and sizable wingspan.”

    I guess you didn’t watch him in college

    • khadeemw - Jul 23, 2014 at 1:10 PM

      Now lets be real hood, grant, and fair are limited ball handlers…none of them are shot creators…so this “shut down” thing this subjective…hood is an elite spot up shooter, grant has an extremely raw offensive game, and there is nothin special at all about cj fair…just because he played on a good defense team doesnt mean hes a good defender…ben gordon played on an elite defense team at uconn n hes a turnstile on defense

    • harrisonhundley10 - Sep 3, 2014 at 7:44 PM

      Thank you someone else who watchs and knows UVA basketball. I dont know what khadeemw or zoomy123 is talking about. Clearly they did not watch any Uva basketball. UVA game is built around defense and Joe Harris one of the best deffenders in the draft is a big part of that d. Just ask anyone who watches Uva basketball. Tony Bennet Has taught them well. Their D is why They were #1 in least points aloud in ncaa and why they almost got by Michigan St. in the sweet sixteen. They held their oponents to 55.7 ppg.

  4. lenbias34pt - Jul 23, 2014 at 1:26 PM

    As a LeBron hater I was very upset the Cavs got Harris.
    He is as physical as you can get and is a fine shooter.

    Hate to be so stereo typical, but Joe is also smart, a good shooter but will be a below average NBA athlete. So while he was a great defender in college, he certainly will have issues with many of the quicker players he’ll be asked to guard now.

    Probably an ideal 10th or 11th guy for a very good NBA team.

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