Ex-CU player Harrison interested in joining Nuggets
By Chris Tomasson
Monday, July 7, 2008
David Harrison has been spared the cost of taking out an ad.
"If you write something about me, maybe the Nuggets will see it and get interested," Harrison joked Monday.
Actually, a source said the Nuggets are looking at Harrison, a free-agent center who played for the University of Colorado. But they were not said to be one of the most interested teams.
Maybe that will change when they hear of Harrison wanting to play for Denver.
"I chose to play at Colorado, and that's an area that I love," said Harrison, who averaged 4.2 points and 2.2 rebounds last season for Indiana and five and 2.9 in his first four seasons with the Pacers. "I love the fans. I think I could help (the Nuggets) win some games."
But what might the most interesting aspect for the luxury-tax strapped Nuggets? Harrison is willing to work cheap.
"I would take a minimum deal if I would play a lot," Harrison said of the $854,957 minimum for a four-year player. "Obviously, I would love to get a lot of money, but I used to play for free."
For now, Harrison's primary concern is resurrecting a career that has included being suspended in January for five games for violating the NBA's substance-abuse policy. The Pacers did not pick up his $2 million qualifying offer for next season, making him an unrestricted free agent.
The 7-foot Harrison believes the Pacers have interest in re-signing him at a lower price, and he worked out last week for Boston. He's trying to show teams he has grown up after an underwhelming start to his career.
"My first four years in the NBA, I was very childish," Harrison said. "I thought I was still in college. But I've got to put that behind me and be a man."
Harrison called it a "wake-up" call when he was suspended.
"I don't know if I can say what it was," he said of the drug involved. "But it wasn't anything hard."
Now, Harrison is concerned with having a hard body. Harrison, who said he weighed 310 pounds when drafted in 2004 and was more than 270 last season, said he's down to 265 and has been working out regularly in Houston. If that is a further lure for the Nuggets, they know where to find Harrison.