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ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski’s reported Saturday that the Nuggets made guard Gary Harris available in talks with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Indiana Pacers regarding the proposed three-team deal involving Kevin Love and Paul George.
Wojnarowski’s report was backed up by Zach Lowe, who put some specifics around the proposed package that Denver offered. The three-team deal was reportedly revived on Saturday.
The Pacers, Cavs, and Nuggets on Friday resuscitated a three-way deal that would have sent George to Cleveland and Kevin Love to Denver, according to several league sources. The Pacers could have had a package centered around Gary Harris, Trey Lyles, and a protected first-round pick, sources say. The Cavs, Nuggets, and Celtics were stunned when news of the trade broke on Twitter.
First, it doesn’t appear that Harris, at just 22-year-old and coming off a season where he averaged 14.9 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.9 assists in 31.3 minutes per game while shooting 42 percent from three-point distance, is untouchable like Jamal Murray and Nikola Jokic reportedly are.
Secondly, Harris is eligible for an extension this summer and could be a reason why Denver would be willing to move on from him if they were able to acquire a fringe star player.
Third, this report adds to the confusion surrounding the Pacers organization and how they handled the George trade. With reports emerging Friday and Saturday that the Boston Celtics offered a bounty for George — three draft picks, according to some reports — it doesn’t appear that they made out that well with just Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis. Lowe writes that Portland also offered multiple picks and a player at last year’s draft as well.
The Nuggets reportedly have a meeting set with free agent Paul Millsap on Saturday and are also showing interest in point guard George Hill as well. Millsap also has a meeting reportedly scheduled with Minnesota for Saturday and Phoenix on Sunday.