How quickly some minds change.
A week ago, many Orlando Magic fans regarded the trade of J.J. Redick, Gustavo Ayón and Ish Smith to the Milwaukee Bucks for
That sentiment has softened somewhat.
Harris, a 20-year-old combo forward, has tantalized fans by scoring at a surprisingly high rate, running the court well and attacking the glass.
"I'm really just trying to be a leader out here on the floor," Harris said.
"Even it just being my second year in the NBA, I believe in myself and that I contain a lot of leadership skills. So what I'm trying to do is just get everybody on the same page just to keep everybody positive just to get us ready for what's to come. As a young team, this is building steps for us."
After three games — admittedly, a ridiculously small sample size — Harris leads his new team in scoring, averaging 17.7 points per game. He also has made 67.7 percent of his shot attempts.
Statistics can be a mirage, of course.
In Harris' case, most of his gaudy numbers have come in the fourth quarters of blowouts against backup players. On Wednesday night, he scored 10 of his game-high 23 points in the final period of the Magic's lopsided loss to the Sacramento Kings.
But his statistics also might be a sign of what he can offer.
"He's really talented [with] a lot of potential," Udrih said. "In Milwaukee, he didn't get a chance, and now he's playing. He's playing hard. In Milwaukee, they put him more in a small forward position, even though in college he was playing power forward. And, here, he gets to see minutes at both positions.
"He can be a great player in this league, and I believe he's going to keep improving."
Redick already has proven what he can do. He has developed into one of the league's better role players, and this season, he had emerged as one of the Magic's best playmakers.
The Magic believe that Redick's agent, Arn Tellem, will seek an annual salary of $8 million to $10 million for Redick on the free-agent market this summer.
Team officials had no intention of paying that kind of salary over the long term to a complementary player. Even if the Magic were willing do so, they had no guarantee that Redick would've re-signed with them instead of with a contender.
Magic executives decided that they couldn't risk having one of their most established assets, Redick, leave for no assets in return.
Harris and Lamb, a 21-year-old rookie, at least give the Magic young players whose contracts are relatively inexpensive. Harris and Lamb also won't hit unrestricted free agency anytime soon.
Now it's up to the Magic to develop Harris and Lamb, and it's up to the players to make the most of their opportunities.
Harris realizes just how much of an opportunity he has with the Magic.
It hits home because his playing time with the Bucks decreased this season. He played in all 14 of Milwaukee's games in November, averaging about 18 minutes per game. But from Dec. 1 through Feb. 20, he played in just 14 of Milwaukee's 39 games and averaged about five minutes per game.
He tried to maintain his confidence.
"[I] continued to work on my game each and every day, knowing that a opportunity was going to come," Harris said. "I stayed prayed-up, like I always am, and I know that good is going to come."
The Magic hope so.