Like the Nets, Joe Harris' No. 1 priority was to return to Brooklyn: 'I didn't necessarily give a ton of thought of leaving'

Scott Thompson
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Joe Harris pumps fist
Joe Harris pumps fist

Joe Harris wont lie: He really only had Brooklyn on his mind during free agency. 

Harris signed a four-year, $75 million new deal with the Nets to remain their sharp shooting guard on the perimeter. Speaking to the media for the first time since signing his new deal, Harris admitted he looked around at his options but nothing enticed him away from his desire to return to Brooklyn. 

"I didn't necessarily give a ton of thought of leaving," he said via Zoom. "Obviously you have to still take your self interests as a number one priority so you have to entertain other options. But at the end of the day, my number one priority was also to return to try to come back to Brooklyn."

The organization clearly values Harris, with GM Sean Marks saying himself that it was a priority to have Harris back this offseason. Between Marks, the coaches and the players, Harris said he felt valued since he's been a part of the team. 

He also recognizes the "unusual" free agency situation that COVID-19 is forcing on players. Having to uproot families to place elsewhere is a tough task these days, and that also played a factor in his decision. 

"I'm fortunate that I was able to signed here where I'm not having to deal with a lot of that, but I know friends of mine -- guys around the league -- that had to uproot their families, move to a different place in in a difficult time where it's not easy to travel," he explained. "Not easy to just pickup and go to a new spot."

But Harris is thrilled everything is signed and set in stone so that he can try to win an NBA title in Brooklyn. He was able to play in the bubble this postseason, but others like Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and Spencer Dinwiddie could not. 

Harris knows they're all ready to compete, and with the NBA's start date of Dec. 22 still on track, that's what the whole team is looking forward to.