Larry Harris (basketball)

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Larry Harris
Larry Harris, Milwaukee Bucks GM.jpg
Harris in 2007
Personal information
Born 1963 (age 52–53)
Nationality American
Career information
College Eastern New Mexico (1981–1985)
Career history
As coach:
2008–2009 Golden State Warriors (assistant)

Larry D. Harris (born 1963) served as the General Manager of the Milwaukee Bucks from 2003 until March 19, 2008.

Personal life[edit]

Harris's father is former National Basketball Association (NBA) coach Del Harris. Larry Harris graduated from Eastern New Mexico University in 1985 with a degree in mathematics and was a four-year starter on the Eastern New Mexico Greyhounds men's basketball team. As a senior, Harris was team captain.[1] Harris and his ex-wife JoLayne have two children, Zachary and Janaya. Currently, Harris is married to the former Gail Andrick Birleson.

Career[edit]

From 1987 to 1991, Harris was video coordinator and scout for the Milwaukee Bucks and only a scout from 1991 to 1996. Harris moved up to director of scouting, a position he would serve from 1996 to 1998, then was director of player personnel from 1998 to 2001 and assistant general manager from 2001 to 2003.[2]

Bucks owner Herb Kohl appointed Harris to succeed departing GM Ernie Grunfeld in 2003.[3] Harris' most notable moves included the drafting of Australian center Andrew Bogut with the first pick in the 2005 NBA Draft, re-signing star guard Michael Redd, and drafting Chinese basketball star Yi Jianlian with the 2007 NBA Draft's 6th overall pick, despite attempts by Yi's handlers to prevent such a scenario.

Harris was an assistant coach for the Golden State Warriors during the 2008–09 season. Harris later became a scout and consultant the next season.[2]

Milwaukee Bucks[edit]

Notable trades[edit]

Notable signings[edit]

[6]

  • September 20, 2006 – Re-signed guard Charlie Bell to a five-year, $18.5 million contract, by matching the Miami Heat's offer sheet.
  • July 24, 2006 – Re-signed guard Maurice Williams to a six-year, $52 million contract, by matching the Miami Heat's offer sheet.
  • August 13, 2005 – Re-signed guard Michael Redd to the maximum contract permitted, for six years and $91 million.
  • August 12, 2005 – Re-signed center Dan Gadzuric to a six-year $36 million contract.[7]
  • August 8, 2005 – Signed 2004–05 NBA most improved player Bobby Simmons, formerly of the Los Angeles Clippers, to a five-year $47 million contract.[8]
  • August 21, 2004 – Signed guard Maurice Williams, formerly of the Utah Jazz.

Sources and notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Larry Harris - General Manager" (PDF). Milwaukee Bucks Media Guide 2003-2004. p. 19. 
  2. ^ a b http://www.kauffmansports.com/harris.html
  3. ^ Braun, Rick (July 2, 2003). "Harris officially Bucks' GM". Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. Archived from the original on September 29, 2007. 
  4. ^ ESPN - Raptors deal Villanueva to Bucks for Ford - NBA
  5. ^ ESPN - N.Y. gets Thomas, Mohammed; Baker next? - NBA
  6. ^ HoopsHype - NBA General Managers - Larry Harris
  7. ^ Bucks to sign center Gadzuric to long-term contract - NBA - CBSSports.com
  8. ^ ESPN - Forward won most improved honors with Clippers - NBA