Retaining SG Harris a priority, Nets GM says

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NEW YORK — Just hours before free agency is set to begin, Nets general manager Sean Marks said Brooklyn’s priority is to retain shooting guard Joe Harris.

“We hope that we can continue to build with Joe,” Marks said. “Joe is an intricate piece to the program here, not only what he does and what everybody sees on the court, but it’s off the court as well. He’s seen this program develop and developed alongside this program. It would certainly be great to have him continue this ride with us.”

Several teams, including the Atlanta Hawks, are interested in signing Harris, league sources told ESPN.

James Harden expressed interest in joining the Nets, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported this week, and the Rockets and Nets have been in touch — but there has been no progress toward a deal.

When asked about the Rockets guard on Friday, Marks said that it is “difficult to discuss hypotheticals.” League tampering rules bar Marks from explicitly commenting on any pursuit of Harden.

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“All you can do is prepare yourself to put the best roster you possibly can forward,” Marks said. “We like what we have right now.

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