17 February 2011
It's no secret the Portland Trail Blazers have coveted New Jersey Nets point guard for the past two seasons, but the real key in reported trade talks between the two teams which would include trading Andre Miller for Harris, just might be New Jersey's starting shooting guard Anthony Morrow.
While Al Iannezzone of the Bergen Record writes Porltand is interested in Morrow, one league source who spoke with Beyond the Beat believes his value in discussions could ultimately make or break a possible trade between New Jersey and Portland.
"With Miller and Harris, you are swapping players with similiar playing styles. Of course there is a difference in their time in the league, but Portland kind of views Harris as a younger version of Miller - a guy who can set other guys up," the source explained.
"But with Morrow, that's the guy who has a better all around game than (Rudy) Fernandez and could really help their (Portland's) backcourt. He's (Morrow) actually the piece of those talks that might make that trade happen, or break it all off in the end."
According to the report, Rudy Fernandez has been discussed and the Nets have also talked about adding Joel Przybilla and his expiring contract, as Portland's front office continues to monitor both Harris and Morrow's recent play in New Jersey and on the road.
Morrow, the 6'5 guard out of Georgia Tech by way of the Golden State Warriors, is averaging 12.5 points and 3.1 rebounds in 32 minutes per game (39 games, 30 starts), and is shooting .466 (180-386) from the field, .436 (71-163) from three and .903 (56-62) from the line.
This isn't the first time Portland has shown increased interest in Morrow.
Last July, reports surfaced that the Blazers had Morrow on their shortlist when it came to shooting guards and a possible shakeup in Portland's backcourt. Now, Portland and Morrow are picking up where they left off eight months ago.
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