Joe Harris agrees to return to Nets on 4-year, $75 million deal

Free agent guard Joe Harris has agreed to a four-year, $75 million deal to return to the Brooklyn Nets, his agent Mark Bartelstein of Priority Sports told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Harris, 29, averaged a career-high 14.5 points per game last season for Brooklyn while shooting 42.5 percent from 3-point range. His return — along with the additions of Landry Shamet and Bruce Brown in trades earlier this week — should help the Nets provide spacing for stars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving this season.

Signing Harris represents a massive financial commitment from Nets owner Joe Tsai. Brooklyn is now well into the luxury tax and still has a few open spots on its roster.

The 6-foot-6 guard resurrected his career in Brooklyn over the past four years, going from a cast-off after a season-ending injury in his second season with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2015-16 to one of the league’s best 3-point shooters. Among 208 players to attempt at least 400 3-pointers since the start of 2017-18, only Seth Curry has a higher 3-point field goal percentage.

Harris’ development helped the Nets recover following the 2013 trade for Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce that left the team without control of its first-round pick for five years.

During that time, Brooklyn relied on finding underutilized talent to rebuild — players such as Harris, Spencer Dinwiddie and D’Angelo Russell, who similarly resuscitated their careers.

The Nets’ player development success helped attract the attention of Durant and Irving, who signed with Brooklyn as free agents in the 2019 offseason.

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