Nets’ Joe Harris focused on restart, never considered sitting out

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Brooklyn Nets swingman Joe Harris will be a free agent this offseason, but that never factored into his decision to play or not in the season restart.

“It’s obviously stuff that you have to think about and discuss. But at the end of the day, it wasn’t like it was a difficult decision for me,” Harris said. “I’m healthy. I’m going to play and finish out the season. It’s obviously a different situation and circumstance given everything that’s going on and the time off that we’ve had.”

Harris, who is in the last year of his 2-year, $16 million contract, is in line for a pay raise.

The 28-year-old Nets’ sharpshooter is averaging 13.9 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game, while shooting 41.2 percent from three-point.

The shorthanded Nets will need all the help they can get in Orlando.

The team will already be without five players and possibly six if Spencer Dinwiddie chooses to opt out.

The Nets are a half game ahead of the Orlando Magic for the eight spot in the Eastern Conference and six games ahead of the Washington Wizards.

If the Nets were to lose enough games and the Wizards got to within four games of them, they would force a play-in.

Harris suffered an ankle sprain in the Nets’ last game before the season was suspended, but he is reportedly healthy now and ready to help the team make the playoffs.

“At the end of the day I didn’t really even think twice about it, so it wasn’t like I was really having discussions a lot,” Harris said. “As long as I was healthy and feeling comfortable with the situation I’m going to go down and play.”