Jalen Harris Reinstated By NBA

Jalen Harris has been reinstated by the NBA, the league announced today in a press release.

Harris, who turned 24 on Sunday, was dismissed and disqualified from the NBA on July 1, 2021 for violating the terms of the league’s anti-drug program. The NBA announced at the time that the former Nevada guard would be eligible to apply for reinstatement in one year.

The 59th overall pick in 2020, Harris spent his first professional season on a two-way contract with the Raptors, then signed with Vanoli Cremona in Italy for the 2021/22 campaign following his suspension from the NBA. This May, he joined the Scarborough Shooting Stars of the Canadian Elite Basketball League as he prepared to apply for reinstatement to the NBA.

Harris averaged 7.4 PPG on .500/.472/.778 shooting in 13 NBA games (13.2 MPG) and put up 17.6 PPG on .457/.500/.667 shooting in seven NBAGL contests (29.4 MPG) as a rookie in ’20/21.

In 18 games in Italy, Harris led Vanoli Cremona with 13.8 points per game, though his shooting percentages dipped to .385/.295/.700. This season in the CEBL, he ranked third in the league with 19.9 points per game and led Scarborough to an appearance in the championship game, which the team narrowly lost.

Because Harris was still under contract with Toronto at the time of his suspension, the Raptors are expected to have 30 days to tender him a one-year offer in order to retain his rights, as Blake Murphy of Sportsnet.ca tweets.

View Comments (4)