Shabazz Napier has provided another scoring weapon for the Portland Trail Blazers this season, and one mightily needed on the second unit. He’s posting career highs in points (9.3 per game), field goal percentage (43.9 percent) and 3-point percentage (38.9 percent) during the most minutes of his career (21.2 per game). He’s also set for free agency this summer, with Portland having the chance to extend a qualifying offer.
If a team makes an offer too big for the cash-strapped Blazers to match, Dan Favale of Bleacher Report believes Portland should look at Devin Harris:
Napier forecasts as the biggest flight risk of all. The Blazers are still in the market for a building block up front, but they’re decked out in the backcourt. Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum will take home a combined $53.8 million next year, $57.4 million in 2019-20 and $61 million in 2020-21.
Anything more than minimum money may be too rich for the Blazers. Luring Devin Harris would be a victory with what they can feasibly offer. He’s a below-board outside shooter at age 35, but he boasts a respectable floater, fairish finishing around the rim and serviceable vision off the dribble.
Harris is averaging 8.1 points and 1.9 assists per game on 40.6 percent from the field and 33.8 percent from 3-point land. He was traded from the Dallas Mavericks to the Denver Nuggets at the trade deadline. Harris was once an All-Star while with the New Jersey Nets in 2009.
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You can read the rest of Favale’s piece here.