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Nets Unlikely To Trade Harris

In Draft, Trade Talk on January 23, 2010 at 2:14 pm reports

“It’s very, very unlikely that we’d trade Devin. I never say never, but it’s very unlikely that he’s going to be traded,” Nets president Rod Thorn said as he watched the start of practice at a health club in the city’s financial district.

“I read the same things you do. There was one thing I saw the other day that was just wrong ­— about we were talking to Washington about trading Devin for Caron Butler? We never had one conversation with Washington about Caron Butler in five years — period.

“But you expect speculation, especially when you have a team that has a record like we do.”

That’s about as definitive as Thorn can get, because someone can make him an offer he can’t refuse at any time before the Feb. 18 deadline.

Still, without solicitation, Thorn added this for emphasis:

“We value Devin. We think he’s a terrific player,” he said. “I don’t see it happening. But again, you know me — I never say I won’t trade anybody — because you never know what anyone’s going to offer you. That’s why you can never speak in absolutes. But we value Devin.”


  • 25% — that’s the chance of New Jersey getting the first pick in the NBA draft this summer if they do indeed finish with the worst record in the league (foregone conclusion?)
  • 75% — that’s the chance of NJ not getting the first pick in the draft.

75% versus 25%

Wait, one figure is three times the size of the other? And that’s the odds of NJ not getting a shot at drafting John Wall? Oh oh.

Would you gamble away your star player when you have a 75% chance of failure?

I sure as hell wouldn’t. Those odds are ridiculous.

  1. The New Jersey Nets are not dumping Devin Harris. He is a quality player who is valued by management and an asset that will help them attract free agents this summer + along with his own talent, allow the Nets to build a superior team.
  2. John Wall is not a consideration in this process at this point in time. If NJ wins the draft lottery, Wall will become an issue and Harris will likely be on his way out of the club.
  3. The Nets will trade Devin Harris for a superior talent or a player who fits their free agency plans better.


  • Only three times in the last 20 years has the team with the worst record gotten the first overall pick.
    • 1990 — New Jersey Nets (Derrick Coleman)
    • 2003 — Cleveland Cavaliers (LeBron James)
    • 2004 — Orlando Magic (Dwight Howard)

The New Jersey Nets are overwhelmingly unlikely to get John Wall in the Draft despite having the worst record in the league. They cannot depend on him in any way, shape or form.

Update: Kiki Talks

Some quotes from Kiki on the subject of Devin Harris possibly leaving the Nets

Despite speculation the New Jersey Nets might be inclined to trade Devin Harris, general manager and coach Kiki Vandeweghe says the franchise has “no interest” in moving its point guard. An All-Star last season, Harris is averaging 15.6 points, six assists and 3.2 rebounds in just 15 games.

“Devin is an All-Star caliber point guard,” Vandeweghe said. “He has been hurt most of this year. He’s had a right wrist injury that has hampered shooting. He’s getting healthy, slowly.

“He’s a young point guard, one of the best in the league, and those guys you don’t move.”

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