Nets’ Joe Harris: ‘I already get paid too much to play a game’

Nets forward Joe Harris (Frank Franklin II/AP)

As LeBron James alluded to, Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey’s since-deleted tweet in apparent support of the Hong Kong protesters has potentially harmed NBA players financially.

Joe Harris isn’t buying that.

The sharpshooting Brooklyn Nets forward, who’s about to enter his sixth season in the NBA, thinks that, given the circumstances of his profession, financial implications of Morey’s tweet ultimately don’t matter.

“I already get paid too much to play a game,” Harris told reporters Wednesday, answering whether he was worried about the money matters of Morey’s tweet. “So, not really.”

Harris has earned about $12.6 million in salary and will make another $7.6 million this season. That, as he pointed out, is a lot of money he’s being paid to play basketball, and he knows it.

For comparison’s sake, James has made in excess of $269.5 million in his NBA career alone. A figure that becomes astronomical if the money he earned from his endorsement and movie deals are included.

Given this context, James has earned a lot more money than Harris, but it’s not as if the financial hit would necessarily leave him in desperate need of cash, either, which was kind of the point Harris was making.

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