Manny Harris finished up his second 10-day contract with the Lakers with an efficient 19-point performance at Minnesota on Tuesday evening.
Harris hit eight of his 11 shots, and grabbed eight boards, both highs in his nine games for Los Angeles that delivered averages of 8.1 points and 3.8 rebounds.
As NBA teams are limited to signing players to two 10-day contracts per season, the Lakers had to either commit to signing Harris for the remainder of the season or release him and make him an unrestricted free agent.
“As well as he played for us last night, we simply felt it is more important for us to maintain roster flexibility rather than to have committed our 15th spot to him at this point,” said Lakers spokesman John Black.
With that said, the Lakers D-League affiliate, the D-Fenders, continue to hold the D-League rights to Harris and expect him to return to the team on Saturday at Santa Cruz should he not be signed by another NBA team. The D-Fenders defeated Bakersfield 155-140 on Wednesday night at Toyota Sports Center to place them in a three-way tie for first place in the West Division with Santa Cruz and Reno.
Harris was named a D-League All-Star on Monday after averaging 30.6 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 2.1 steals in 13 games with the D-Fenders this season. He was first called up to the Lakers on January 26.