Raptors guard Jalen Harris was fired and disqualified from the league for violating the terms of the NBA’s drug program, reports Shams Charania of Athletic. According to the report, Harris is able to apply for reinstatement within a year.
Harris was selected with the 59th pick in the 2020 draft by the University of Nevada and averaged 7.4 points in 13 games as a 22-year-old rookie. He had been a top man in the Raptors ’League G team in his seven games with the 905, averaging 17.6 points per contest on a 50% shot from three.
The licensing method suggests that the violation was due to drug abuse, not to drug use that increased benefits. As well as Athletic’s Blake Murphy points out in his tweet thread containing the list of substances that fall into the category of abuse drugs, this nullifies Harris ’contract, but the Raptors will retain their rights and have the option to return him to reinstatement, if they wish.
The details of the violation are not clear, but the sentence is similar to those received by him Tyreke Evans in 2019, OJ Mayo in 2016 and Chris Anderson in 2006. Anderson was able to return to the league two years later, but Mayo was never restored. Evans is eligible to run for reinstatement this summer.