Nets’ Joe Harris expected to be ‘100 percent’ for training camp

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The Nets have a host of injury questions coming into camp, but Joe Harris isn’t one.

A disconcertingly high percentage of the roster is coming off surgery, and Harris actually had not one but two procedures performed on his ankle. But the sweet-shooting forward’s agent told The Post he is not only expected to be ready for the start of training camp this month, but is already “100 percent.”

“He’s doing great. He’s great,” Priority Sports founder Mark Bartelstein told The Post. “He’s 100 percent. He’s in a great place.”

When asked to elaborate on that place, whether Harris has already been cleared to go five-on-five, Bartelstein confirmed he had.

“Yes. He’s all good. He’s all good,” Bartelstein said. “He’s healthy. He’s in great place. He’s ready to go for sure.”

Any kind of health certainty would be welcome news for the Nets, whose practice facility fittingly has Hospital for Special Surgery as a sponsor. Harris, Seth Curry, Ben Simmons, T.J. Warren and Edmond Sumner are all coming off procedures — the latter trio not having played a second last season.

Nets guard Joe Harris
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Harris was sidelined after injuring his left ankle on Nov. 14 in Oklahoma City. He had surgery on Nov. 29, and had initially been expected back in four to eight weeks. But, like the rest of the Nets’ disastrous campaign, his recovery didn’t go as planned.

The Post had reported on Feb. 3 that Harris could require a second surgery, and that’s exactly what happened. A month later, general manager Sean Marks announced that an additional arthroscopic surgery was being scheduled, one that ultimately cut Harris’ campaign short after just 14 games.

Harris’ floor spacing was missed, the Nets’ effective field-goal percentage of .563 in the 423 minutes he played dipping to .537 with him off the court. They also missed his 6-foot-6, 220-pound size on the wing, the Nets eventually getting swept out of the playoffs in the first round by the eventual NBA finalists, the Boston Celtics.

The longest-tenured Net, Harris led the NBA in 3-point shooting in 2019 at 47.4 percent, again two years later at 47.5, and his 46.6 would’ve won yet another crown last season if he’d had enough appearances to qualify.

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Joe Harris drives to the basket during a game last October.
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Harris’ career 43.90 percent shooting from deep is fourth-best in league history, and second only to teammate Seth Curry’s 43.95 among active players. But they’ve never actually taken the floor together, with Curry having arrived midseason. With Curry having recovered from his own ankle surgery, the Nets expect to be able to put that 1-2 punch on the court around Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.

While the Lakers had interest in acquiring Harris as part of a trade for Irving, the Post had reported that the Nets were always intent on keeping the former. The only holdover from Marks’ first full season in 2016-17, the GM holds Harris and his input in high regard.

“I know he’s someone they value at the highest level,” Bartelstein said. “There’s no question about that.”

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