Found December 29, 2011 on
Fox Sports Ohio:
Its not the end of the story, but at least the finish line is looking a little better for Manny Harris.
You probably know most of the details by now. Harris is a 6-foot-5 shooting guard who played 54 games for the Cavaliers last season. He was waived last week, cleared waivers, then signed with the D-Leagues Canton Charge on Wednesday. The Charge are the Cavs minor-league affiliate.
All of this despite the fact Harris, who played his college ball at Michigan, was not selected in the 2010 NBA draft.
Instead, he signed a free-agent deal after the Cavs discovered him during summer-league play. That deal, however, was not guaranteed for this season.
Then came a lockout that lasted nearly five months -- which left players to their own devices. For Harris, that meant spending some time at the Nike training facility in Oregon.
It also meant suffering a peculiar injury at the facility.
When training camp finally did resume in early December, Harris arrived with a burn on the side of his right foot. According to multiple reports, the burn was the result of Harris wearing a wet sock while sitting in a cooling chamber, intended to assist with post-workout recovery.
But the Cavs didnt necessarily worry themselves with how Harris received the injury. Not that they were insensitive to it -- but their main concern was if Harris would be able to contribute to the team. And if so, how soon it might happen.
Obviously, it's hard to make the team if you're not out there on the floor," Cavs coach Byron Scott said at the time. Its hard when we have all these other guys out there on the floor, and hes not. I want him to get out there. It would be a shame to let go of a guy who hadnt had a chance to fight for his job.
Not long after that, Harris was released in favor of Mychel Thompson, a shooting guard who went undrafted in 2011. Thompson has been inactive through the Cavs first two games.
Either way, Harris is with a pro basketball team again, and the Cavs say they couldnt be more thrilled. Especially since that basketball team is owned by the Cavs themselves.
Were very happy he decided to go there and play; it gives us a chance to keep track of him a little bit, and I think it will be good for Manny, Scott said. I know the biggest thing for Manny right now is he wants to play basketball."
Scott added: "It was unfortunate that he didnt get a chance to compete in camp. Now we can see some of the things we hoped he worked on this summer, to see if he has improved as a basketball player.
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