Los Angeles Lakers Sign Manny Harris to Contract

Dan FavaleFeatured ColumnistJanuary 16, 2014

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Here comes another guard for the Los Angeles Lakers.

UPDATE: Monday, Feb. 3, at 5:40 p.m. ET by Dan Favale

Per the Los Angeles Daily News' Mark Medina, Harris isn't expected to remain with the Lakers much longer:

With Steve Nash, Steve Blake and Jordan Farmar all approaching returns, continuing to house Harris would be overkill.

The point guard is averaging 6.8 points on 33.9 percent shooting through eight appearances with Los Angeles.

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UPDATE: Thursday, Jan. 16, at 6:20 p.m. ET by Dan Favale

Los Angeles has posted a nifty welcome picture for Harris on its Instagram:

If only your new employer would be so kind.

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UPDATE: Thursday, Jan. 16, at 5:40 p.m. ET by Dan Favale

The Lakers have made Manny Harris' deal official:

Harris is expected to join the Lakers in time for Friday's game against the Boston Celtics.

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Manny Harris, of the Lakers' D-League affiliate Los Angeles D-Fenders, will reportedly join the Lakers in time for their next game.

ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin has the details:

Harris recently won NBA Development League Performer of the Week honors. He also set the D-Fenders record for points scored in a single game with 49.

Dropping 40-plus points has actually become a nightly accomplishment for Harris, who is posting insane numbers that have catapulted him to the top of the D-League's Prospect Watch:

Initially undrafted, Harris spent two seasons with the Cleveland Cavaliers before flaming out after 2011-12. This season, however, his D-League campaign has rekindled past interest.

Through 13 games, he's averaging a ridiculous 30.6 points on 48.5 percent shooting while pitching in 6.5 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 2.1 steals as well.

The point guard-depleted Lakers certainly need someone who can inject additional playmaking into their rotation. Scoring is equally important, too, since they currently rank 22nd in offensive efficiency.

Harris, who's converting just 25.7 percent of his three-point attempts for the D-Fenders, won't provide much in the way of outside shooting. The long ball has always been his Achilles heel, even though he connected on 37 percent of his three-pointers as a rookie in Cleveland.

Overlooking his distance struggles, though, is a no-brainer when he's averaging more than 40 points in his last three contests.

"There is a light [at the end of the tunnel]," Lakers head coach Mike D'Antoni previously said, via ESPN Los Angeles radio's Beto Duran. "It could be a train coming."

Or maybe it was just Harris' scorching offensive streak.



*Stats courtesy of Basketball Reference and NBA.com unless otherwise noted.