Justin Harper‘s 10-day contract with the Sixers expired overnight, and he won’t receive a second deal with the team at this time, writes Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer. Following his stint in Philadelphia, Harper will rejoin the D-League’s Los Angeles D-Fenders.
“It’s a great team and a great group of guys,” Harper said of the 76ers. “I was just fortunate for the opportunity to be a part of it. If it’s not for the long term, I still enjoyed my time with the team when I was here.”
Harper, the 32nd overall pick in the 2011 draft, made his NBA debut way back in 2011 for the Magic, but was out of the league for a few years following his rookie season and had only appeared in 19 total regular season games in his career before catching on with the Sixers this month. Appearing in three games for Philadelphia during his 10-day stint with the club, Harper chipped in with 4.0 PPG and 2.0 RPG.
Harper’s return to the D-Fenders will be a welcome one for the No. 1 seed in the NBADL’s Western Conference. The Lakers’ D-League affiliate is 29-13 for the season, but has lost three of four games since Harper joined the Sixers. The 27-year-old earned an NBADL All-Star nod a year ago, and has been arguably even better this season, averaging 16.2 PPG, 7.0 RPG, and a .401 3PT% in 37 D-League games.
As for the Sixers, they now have 15 players on their roster — they had been carrying an extra man, having received an injury exemption as a result of carrying four players with long-term injuries. Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid, Tiago Splitter, and Jerryd Bayless all remain sidelined, so the Sixers should still be able to continue taking advantage of that exemption if they so choose. Philadelphia could also open up a roster spot later this week if Shawn Long isn’t re-signed to a second 10-day contract.