The Portland Trail Blazers have officially released shooting guard Terrel Harris. Harris was acquired by the Blazers in the trade that brought Robin Lopez in from New Orleans. Harris’ $884,000 contract was non-guaranteed, allowing Portland to release him.
This news comes to the surprise of nobody, as Harris figured to play 0 minutes in an already loaded guard rotation. Harris was also caught in violation of terms of the NBPA drug agreement back on August 6th. His time in Portland was as short-lived as it was irrelevant.
I feel for him. Harris went undrafted in 2009, then spent time playing in France before signing in the NBA D-League. He was later invited to the Miami Heat training camp, where he was invited to join the team. Terrel Harris and Dorell Wright were the only Blazers to win a championship; both with Miami, but in separate seasons.
Harris’ release was a necessity. When Portland signed point guard, Mo Williams, they exhausted their last guaranteed roster slot. Harris would have had to play with the Idaho Stampede (Portland’s D-League affiliate) if he wished to retain his ties to the organization.
His future is unclear. At this stage, he doesn’t have to go home, but he can’t stay here.