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Told by Lakers they’re dropping him, Manny Harris scores 19 points for Los Angeles

Feb 5, 2014, 1:44 PM EDT

Manny Harris, Chuck Hayes, Patrick Patterson

Steve Nash and Steve Blake returned for the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday. Jordan Farmar should be back soon, too.

So, it makes sense the Lakers wouldn’t re-sign Manny Harris. They’ve already signed him to two 10-day contracts, the second of which expires today, and they’d have to re-sign him for the rest of the season to keep him.

Harris might have still helped the Lakers, but with so many guards returning, that’s just too big a commitment to make right now.

In a show of class, the Lakers told Harris of their decision before Tuesday’s game against the Timberwolves. That allowed him and his agent more time to plot his next move.

While that was happening behind the scenes, Harris scored 19 points on 8-of-11 shooting and grabbed eight rebounds against Minnesota. Arguably, no Laker played better in the game.

Harris, via Dave McMenamin of ESPN:

“Not knowing whether you’re going to stay or you’re going to go, you’re kind of scared to make mistakes,” Harris said. “It’s always better when you know either you’re going to stay or you’re going to leave. It’s always better.”

With Pau Gasol on the trade block, Kobe Bryant’s return on the horizon and an uncommon desire to win for a 16-32 team, the Lakers don’t have a clear path ahead. Harris’ strong game shouldn’t make them re-think their decision. They’re better off filling that vacant roster spot after the trade deadline, once they know their direction.

But if they determine they need a shooting guard capable of scoring efficiently, they should know where to look.

  1. knicksmets - Feb 5, 2014 at 1:54 PM

    Sucks for him, but I’m sure some team will sign him he’s played pretty well for the lakers. Hope he finds a team he can stick with.

    • stayhigh_247 - Feb 5, 2014 at 3:50 PM

      Exactly, and obviously this man can ball. Scrubs don’t score 19 points in NBA games.

  2. conjecture101 - Feb 5, 2014 at 2:11 PM

    Was the best player on the floor last night, and I would take him over any guard on the Lakers besides Kobe.

    • pbtunpaidwriter - Feb 5, 2014 at 2:18 PM

      I wouldn’t go that far. Jodie Meeks might have something to say about that.

  3. fotydaze - Feb 5, 2014 at 2:25 PM

    @conjecture

    TRUE DAT! He’s young and plays hard just what the Laker’s need. And they could keep him for almost nothing

  4. sportsnut101 - Feb 5, 2014 at 2:44 PM

    Just sign for the season. Steve Blake will get injured again and I totally forgot Nash was a player. I thought he was a coach and retired last yr

  5. ranfan12 - Feb 5, 2014 at 3:25 PM

    Yeah, too bad he might get offered better dollars with a longer contract like Earl Clark did.

  6. cpcheung - Feb 5, 2014 at 4:04 PM

    Lakers should sing him again for the rest of the season, otherwise Lakers will regret it.

  7. stephenolszewski - Feb 5, 2014 at 4:32 PM

    Byron Scott always compared him to Michael Cooper, which I feel is overrating him but still glad to see him doing well

  8. mogogo1 - Feb 5, 2014 at 4:36 PM

    Maybe he’ll still be available when Nash goes down again next week.

  9. jimsjam33 - Feb 5, 2014 at 5:58 PM

    Sign Harris waive Kobe .

    • ranfan12 - Feb 5, 2014 at 6:14 PM

      Said no GM ever

  10. fordmandalay - Feb 5, 2014 at 7:39 PM

    Damn I miss the Lakers. And the NBA misses them too – jackass Stern doesn’t realize it yet.

    • loungefly74 - Feb 6, 2014 at 3:08 PM

      a tongue-in-cheek remark but i agree with you…

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