The Portland Trail Blazers did well this off-season in terms of addressing their bench, their biggest need heading into the summer, but also in terms of solidifying their team at the center position. The Blazers were part of a three-team trade that landed them center Robin Lopez, who could be a big part of any success Portland has this year.
Another piece of that three-team deal that Portland received was young guard Terrel Harris. Harris made headlines soon after being traded to the Blazers, but for all the wrong reasons. It was announced not too long after the deal was made that Harris would be suspended for the first five games of the 2013-2014 NBA season for violating the league’s drug policy.
Now it seems like Harris won’t be in Portland long enough to serve that suspension with the Trail Blazers, though. According to the sources of Joe Freeman of Oregon Live, Harris is expected to be waived by Portland before the beginning of training camp.
Harris has spent two years in the league, playing for two separate teams, but hasn’t seen much of an opportunity or much success in his infant career. He’s appeared in just 42 NBA games and has averaged only 2.3 points and 1.8 rebounds in 10.8 minutes per game on only 30 percent shooting and just 17 percent three-point shooting.
Harris seems miles away from being an effective player in this league and his suspension only serves to decrease his value. With those factors added to the fact that the Blazers now have a relatively deep and talented backcourt, Harris is pretty expendable, which makes the reports of him being waived ultimately unsurprising.