Joe Harris to Magic: Latest Trade Details, Comments and Reaction

January 12th, 2016 by Joseph Zucker Leave a reply »
The Cleveland Cavaliers announced Tuesday they sent second-year 2-guard Joe Harris and a protected second-round pick in 2017 to the Orlando Magic for a protected 2020 second-round pick.

Shortly after the deal was announced, Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel reported the Magic plan on placing Harris on waivers.

The move is a cost-savings measure, with's Dave McMenamin estimating the Cavs will save $3 million with Harris' departure.

Harris was unlikely to have a future in Cleveland anyway. After getting drafted by the team in the second round last year, he appeared in 56 regular-season games, averaging 2.5 points and 0.5 assists a night. Last week, Harris had surgery on his right foot, which could rule him out for the remainder of the season.

Ideally, the Cavaliers could've waited for Harris to return to see if he might become a situational sharpshooter off the bench. He was a career 40.7 percent shooter from three-point range in college and made 36.9 percent of his three-pointers as a rookie.

Between his injury and the team's astronomical payroll, Cleveland was better off jettisoning Harris.

The trade also ...

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