Terrel Harris was hoping he had finally found an NBA home with the Portland Trail Blazers; he still might if the Blazers decide to give him a closer look during training camp. However, time is running out on the 6-foot-4 guard, who hasn’t made much of an impact in his short pro career.
In early August, he may have ruined whatever remaining chance he had for a future with the Blazers, when he was suspended by the NBA for five games for violating the terms of the league’s and NBA Player Association’s anti-drug program. He’s only seen action in 42 games over the past two seasons with the Miami Heat and New Orleans Pelicans. Harris played long enough with the Heat during the 2011-12 season to earn a world championship ring.
Harris has also had more than 90 games in the NBA’s Developmental League. A major strength he brings to the team is his shooting, but his offense has been lackluster, and his shooting percentage is a career 30.0 percent. In 20 games last season, he was 4-of-27 from the floor, which isn’t going to win many admirers on the coaching staff.
Harris was a part of the deal that brought Robin Lopez to Portland. He ended the Summer League season on an impressive note, in the Blazers’ final game at Las Vegas against the Minnesta Timberwolves. Portland rested its main players, and let Harris show what he’s got. He showed plenty, by hitting 11-of-19 from the floor, plus 3-of-8 in three-point territory for a game-high 25 points. The Blazers liked his overall play since he took care of the ball and had six rebounds, two assists and two steals.
But just when it appeared Harris might make the Blazer roster and have an impact on the team, his suspension hit, and now speculation is that the Blazers will put him on waivers.