Raptors guard Jalen Harris has been out of the NBA for at least a year.
Alliance announced On Thursday, Harris was fired and disqualified from the alliance for violating the anti-drug plan. Because he is a first-year player, he can apply for reinstatement in 2022.
“The NBA, NBA teams and the NBPA are prohibited from publicly disclosing information about the testing or treatment of any NBA player under the anti-drug program, unless the player is announced to be suspended or expelled from the league,” the NBA said in a statement. Press release.
The Athletic’s Blake Murphy pointed out that the alliance’s anti-drug program does not include cannabis.
The NBA fired and disqualified players who tested positive for substance abuse. The list is long and does not include cannabis. Normally, this is 2 years of automatic disqualification, but players in the first year can only qualify for 1 year. Harris will have to apply for reinstatement.
-Blake Murphy (@BlakeMurphyODC) July 1, 2021
Murphy also reported Although Harris’ contract will be declared invalid, the Raptors will retain his rights, and if he is reinstated, they will have the first choice to sign him again.
Harris missed most of the 2020-21 season due to injury, but he averaged 18.5 points, 3.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists in the last four games. He started two of these games.
The Raptors selected him with the 59th overall pick from Nevada in 2020. Harris averaged 21.7 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.1 steals in the only season he played for the Wolves in the 2019-20 season after his transfer from Louisiana Tech.