Devin Harris (Atlanta Hawks): $8,500,000
Washington has had a shortage of scoring guards, especially ones which play with the second unit. Acquiring another guard to take the scoring load off John Wall and Bradley Beal is crucial this off-season.
After being selected 5th overall in the 2004 NBA Draft, Devin Harris doesn’t have a shortage of ties with the nation’s capital. The former All-Star has been a steady contributor throughout his 8 year career, and continues to provide a spark for the Atlanta Hawks in the postseason. At 6’3, Harris is able to play both guard positions and has adapted well since being known for his lightning quickness.
He made just south of $9 million dollars this past season, but will likely take a pay cut since he has aged and lost some of his superior athleticism. Washington would probably need to utilize their mid-level exception if they do pursue a player of Harris’ caliber. Even though Jeff Teague has become the lead guard in Hotlanta, Devin Harris has still managed to average nearly 10 points and 4 assists per game this past season.
Besides, it doesn’t hurt the fact that Harris has a pretty close relationship with John Wall.
(All salaries are courtesy of HoopsWorld.com)