It wasn't exactly John Elway or David Robinson, but in his own little way, Manny Harris went out on top Tuesday night.
Lakers have told Manny Harris that he will not receive another contract (already signed 2 10 days). Tonight vs TWolves will be his last game— Bill Oram (@bill_oram) February 5, 2014
Harris responded with his best game of the season, scoring 19 points on 8-of-11 shooting and grabbing eight rebounds. It was the first time Harris had hit 19 since April of 2012:
Manny Harris said he was told before the game that he would not be retained the rest of the season. Then went out and dropped 19 pts— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) February 5, 2014
In a year packed with bad breaks, injuries and disappointment, Harris was a bright spot for the Lakers. He appeared in nine games and averaged 8.1 points and 3.8 rebounds.
Since league rules don't allow a team to sign a player to a third 10-day contract, and L.A. is looking to reduce its payroll, extending Harris for the remainder of the season simply wasn't in the cards.
With that being the case, Harris' big night was certainly bittersweet. For now, his time with the Lakers is over, but he definitely left an impression:
Manny Harris is on pace for a statue outside of Staples Center.— Zach Harper (@talkhoops) February 5, 2014
Even more impressive yet, Harris not only addressed the media after the game, but also took the high road via his Instagram account:
313manny5resh: I would like to thank the lakers for giving me a opportunity to be back at the Highest Level! Didn't end like I wanted but I understand it's how the game go! #GreatOrganization #GreatFans #GrindDontStop #OnToTheNext
It may have been just enough to put him on some other team's radar. So while Harris may have gone out on top, he might not be gone for long.
Andy Bailey covers the NBA for Bleacher Report.