Right when 12:01 hit, the Nets were ready to make some moves to improve the roster. First, the Nets re-signed sharpshooter Joe Harris to a 2 year, 16 million dollar contract. Then, the Nets signed former Trail Blazer Ed Davis to a 1 year, 4.4 million dollar deal.
Both moves are good moves in the present. Joe Harris emerged this season in Brooklyn, as he averaged a career high 10.8 points per game on 41.9% from three-point range. Harris turned into a fan favorite and now returns on a team friendly deal.
Ed Davis has played 8 seasons in the league, and while he’s never been a big scorer, he averaged 7.5 rebounds a game last season in 19 minutes a game for Portland. Davis will help fill a backup frontcourt position, as Jahlil Okafor and Dwight Howard will no longer be Nets. Jarrett Allen is the only true frontcourt player on the current roster, so Davis provides some short-term depth as a quality backup.
Great value for the Nets. The size of this deal tells me it is for the Room Exception, which means the Nets intend to use cap space this summer after they trade for and buyout Dwight Howard. https://t.co/VolaMGzbTZ
— Keith Smith (@KeithSmithNBA) July 1, 2018
Both moves fit the long-term plan of GM Sean Marks. Davis’ deal is a one-year contract, so it will be off the books next offseason. When Marks acquired Dwight Howard last week, it was to free up as much cap space for the 2019 offseason (2 max slots), and both signings are in line with Mark’s vision, but help the Nets immediately.