Potential trade targets with CAA connections: Gary Harris
Ever since signing a 4-year, $84 million extension before the 2017-18 season, Gary Harris has significantly underperformed over the duration of his contract. Injuries and ever fortifying depth on the roster have reduced Harris’ usage and efficiency on the floor. The Nuggets are at the brink of title contention; their issue with Harris is more due to luxury and redundancy rather than production.
Harris has two years and $42 million left on his contract. While still a solid defender, his offensive deficiencies leave a lot to be desired. The Nuggets don’t have much flexibility cap-wise to target free agents, but can pursue trades to bolster their roster. Paul Millsap’s an impending free agent after the season ends. While the Nuggets would like to retain him, it may not be possible to sign him for his asking price under the salary cap.
The Knicks could easily aid the Nuggets by offering Julius Randle in a 1v1 deal for Harris and draft compensation (a first round pick or two would be nice).
This move allows the Nuggets to clear up space to become players in the 2021 NBA Free Agency. While Randle has CAA ties, he might also enjoy a move to a playoff contender in Denver. The Knicks could use Harris as a stopgap piece off the bench playing the role of backup shooting guard, or they could always trade him during the 2020-21 season. If he rediscovers his shooting proficiencies, he could also be a helpful piece to the Knicks, both in player development and future trade assets.