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Expect Portland to waive Terrel Harris before training camp

Aug 31, 2013, 11:09 AM EDT

Terrel Harris

We weren’t going to see Terrel Harris opening night for Portland anyway — he got a five game suspension from the league for failing a drug test (the telltale sign he tested positive for marijuana on three different occasions).

But it looks like we will not see him at all in Rip City. The Blazers plan to cut him loose, reports the Oregonian.

Guard Terrel Harris, who has been suspended five games by the NBA for violating its drug policy, is also listed on the Blazers’ roster. But a team source said Harris, who was acquired as part of the three-team trade that landed center Robin Lopez, is expected to be waived before camp opens.

Harris has wanted to catch on as a three-and-D guy but last season he shot 14.8 percent from the field when he did get in games. Which was only 20 times anyway. Throw in that he has been a turnover machine (last season 35 percent of his possessions used ended in a turnover) and you can see why the Blazers would want to move on.

With all those issues and that five game suspension the next time an NBA team signs him, Harris might be a playing overseas this season.

  1. miamatt - Aug 31, 2013 at 12:03 PM

    Harris is tremendously quick, and made the Heat roster (on which he remained all year) for their championship 2011-12 run, based largely on how fiercely he defended Wade and James in practice. Coaches love that stuff.

    But if he can’t knock down 3’s at a reasonable clip and take care of the basketball, he has no future in the NBA.

  2. 00maltliquor - Aug 31, 2013 at 1:12 PM

    What a way to blow a once in a lifetime oppertunity! You’d think if you were the scrubbiest of bench scrubs you’d keep your nose (lungs) clean until the season started at least!

  3. lacolem1 - Aug 31, 2013 at 1:38 PM

    I wouldn’t be surprised if the Heat give him another look, but man, he has to improve his shooting.

  4. avb530 - Aug 31, 2013 at 6:12 PM

    As if his lhim not being good wasn’t enough to get waived he has to test positive for weed. What a waste.

  5. bullethead527 - Sep 1, 2013 at 3:06 AM


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