In an effort to add more depth to a depleting roster, the Lakers signed guard Manny Harris to a 10-day contract after a stint with their Development League affiliate, the D-Fenders.
Harris, a 6’5″ shooting guard, led the D-League in scoring, averaging 30.6 points per game while ranking sixth in steals (2.1) through 13 games. There’s a good chance Harris will have a significant role with the Lakers considering they enter Friday’s game against the Boston Celtics with only a nine-player rotation.
The Lakers have long-term injuries to Kobe Bryant (fractured left knee), Steve Nash (nerve issues in back), Steve Blake (hyperextended right elbow), Jordan Farmar (torn left hamstring) and Xavier Henry (bone bruise in right knee). Lakers forward Nick Young will also serve a one-game suspension against Boston after getting ejected in the team’s loss Wednesday in Phoenix for delivering a “punching foul” on Suns guard Goran Dragic.
Harris, a former University of Michigan standout, played in 80 games with the Cleveland Cavaliers during the 2010-12 seasons, averaging 6.2 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 17.4 minutes per game. He also had stints with the D-League’s Canton Charge last season and Azomash Mariupol of the Ukranian Superleague (2012-13) this season before participating as a training camp invitee with the Orlando Magic.
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