Now that the NBA trade deadline has come and gone, focus will now shift to the buyout market. The Milwaukee Bucks will be active in the buyout market. The trade made by the Bucks vacated two roster spots who will likely be filled through the buyout market. In addition to the trade, the unfortunate news of Pat Connaughton will cause Milwaukee to look for reinforcements on the wing. Gary Harris is a name that Milwaukee should keep a close eye on.
The buyout market is tricky. Many names get thrown around but Bucks fans must keep these three things in mind when considering who to sign.
- Does the player actually want to be in Milwaukee? Goran Dragic has been a named linked to the Bucks but it doesn’t seem like he wants to be in Milwaukee.
- Does the player move the needle with their on court production that can give Milwaukee a chance to repeat as champions?
- Will the player added to the team be a good teammate? The player who is added needs to become a supporter of the team, regardless of the number of minutes played.
Taken these three points into consideration, let’s take a look to see if Gary Harris would be the fit Milwaukee needs to make a run to repeat as world champions.
The Michigan State product spent the first 6.5 seasons in Denver before being traded to Orlando. Harris was traded in exchange for Aaron Gordon and a first round pick. The 2016-17 season was Harris’ best shooting season. He played in 57 games and canned 42% of his three point attempts. During the 2017-18 season, Harries finished in the top 10 in steals and steals per game. This shows his capabilities on the defensive end of the floor.
Offensively, Harris is a career 11.9 points per game scorer making 36% of his 3 point attempts. He chips in 2.5 boards and 2.1 assists, respectably. Defensively, his 1.2 steals per game would be a welcomed addition to the Bucks roster.
Looking at the numbers, Harris has produced when he’s had the opportunity. He has battled some injuries in the past so that will need to be taken into consideration. You never hear anything about Harris character or that teammates dislike playing with him. That bodes well for him fitting in well with the Bucks team but does he want to be in Milwaukee? A lot of players want to playing meaningful basketball in their careers. Playing for the defending champions will allow any player to play meaningful games. Judging how Harris never complained about being traded from Denver to Orlando, it’s hard to believe he would complain about living in Milwaukee.
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