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.


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]


  • 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
  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 -
  8. ^ ESPN - Forward won most improved honors with Clippers - NBA