With an injury-riddled backcourt, the Los Angeles Lakers have signed combo guard Manny Harris to a 10-day contract.
Harris, the undrafted guard out of Michigan, began his professional career playing with the Cleveland Cavaliers during the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons while averaging a solid 6.2 points in 17.4 minutes per game.
The 24-year-old was a significant member of the Los Angeles D-Fenders this season while averaging a potent 30.6 points per game and a nasty 2.1 steals. Harris also holds the L.A. D-Fenders single-game scoring record with an impressive 49 points— certainly a remarkable stat.
Due to a long list of injured guards— Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Steve Blake, Jordan Farmar, Xavier Henry— the Lakers are having a disappointing season while currently ranking 13th in the extremely competitive Western Conference. Despite their playoff aspirations coming into this season, the Purple and Gold are struggling as of late, losing 7 of their last 10 games as we approach the midway point of the NBA season.
While acquiring Harris may appear as a minor roster adjustment, the 6-foot-5 guard will provide the Lakers with much needed depth to a depleted backcourt.
In his first three games with the Purple and Gold, Harris has provided a nice spark off the bench while averaging a decent 6.3 points in 20.7 minutes per game. However, it remains undetermined if Harris will be signed to another 10-day contract, or perhaps for the rest of the season.
Meanwhile, Harris has the opportunity to solidify himself as a quality NBA player with the Lakers.
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