4. Sign Tobias Harris
Over the course of his career, Tobias Harris has flown under the radar. While Harris was never able to turn into the flashy superstar that everyone loves, he has continued to play a vital role on whatever team he ends up on. With him consistently bouncing around from franchise to franchise for the past few seasons, he will probably be looking to sign a long-term deal.
Brooklyn looks like the perfect opportunity for Harris. He is from the New York area and would fit right into the culture that the city of Brooklyn has going on right now. Not only does Harris already have family in the area (giving him even more incentive to join the Nets), but it would also give him the opportunity to play on a team where he would either be the featured star on the team, or at least the second-best offensive weapon on the team. Harris also has a familiarity with coach Kenny Atkinson as Harris used to be coached by Atkinson’s brother in high school.
However, if the Nets decide to not sign D’Angelo Russell and miss out on other marquee free agents, signing Harris might not be such a great idea. While Harris can bring scoring no matter where he plays, he lacks the defensive tenacity that would make him an even better player. Bringing in Harris alone, not re-signing Russell, and not bringing in any other superstars would probably result in the Nets either just scrapping back into the playoffs or missing it completely.
On the bright side, if the Nets are able to keep Russell or bring in somebody like Kyrie Irving, Tobias would be a perfect fit on the Nets. He would take off some of the heavy pressure on the shoulders of whoever is the top offensive player on the team.