The Denver Nuggets highly rate guard Gary Harris, but he was rumored to be part of a multi-team trade proposal in June that would have sent him and other players to the Indiana Pacers, with Paul George going to the Cleveland Cavaliers and Kevin Love ending up in Denver. Harris is aware of the rumors and he says all the talk of the trade that never occurred doesn't bother him.
"It's mixed emotions. At the end of the day it's out of my control," Harris told BSN Denver. "I really don't stress about it too much because it's either, I'm gonna stay or I'm gonna leave. So it's pretty simple. I'm glad I'm still here and I'm looking forward to [next season]."
Harris had a solid 2016-17 season starting at shooting guard for the Nuggets as he averaged 14.9 points, 2.9 assists and 3.1 rebounds in 57 appearances. Harris also shot 42.0 percent from behind the 3-point line.
Harris, a first-round pick in 2014, is eligible to sign an extension from his rookie-scale contract up to the Oct. 16 deadline. The Nuggets and Harris have expressed a desire to maintain their relationship for the long-term. If an extension isn't finalized before the start of the 2017-18 regular season, Harris will be a restricted free-agent in 2018.
"He's a guy that kind of embodies everything that we're trying to be, both as a player and as a person," Nuggets general manager Tim Connelly said in April. "Whether it's this summer or whether it's the following summer, he's going to be here for a very long time."
-- Nick Silva