HoopsHype Justin Harper rumors

September 2, 2014 Updates

Scandone Avellino is finalizing a deal with Justin Harper, according to sources. Justin Harper spent last season in Israel with Hapoel Tel Aviv averaging 10.3 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game. Sportando

July 9, 2013 Updates
November 8, 2012 Updates

With the Idaho Stampede, who invested the third overall pick in him, he’ll have plenty of opportunities to make up for the experience he missed out on last year. “It’s exciting man,” Harper said to HOOPSWORLD. “It’s a blessing just to be called at the time I was. You have to look at it as another opportunity to get back to work. “I think it’s going to be good. You have to have confidence going in, especially when the team believes in you and takes you high. They have expectations and you have to go from there. And, have even higher expectations for yourself and be ready to work.” HoopsWorld

October 27, 2012 Updates

The Orlando Magic have waived wing Quentin Richardson, combo forward Justin Harper and wing Chris Johnson, team officials said. The moves bring the team's roster down to 15 players, ahead of the NBA-mandated 5 p.m. Monday deadline. It also means that wing DeQuan Jones, an undrafted rookie and former Miami Hurricanes player, made the regular-season roster. Richardson, 32, didn't fit into the Magic's long-term plans, and he didn't play in Orlando's final four preseason games. Orlando Sentinel

July 9, 2012 Updates

NBA Orlando Summer Update (yes, with trade rumor): Andrew Nicholson (24 points, 12 rebounds) strong in debut for Magic vs. Heat. Kyle O'Quinn (14 points), 2nd-round pick for Magic, also looked good, as did Justin Harper (15 points, 12 in 1Q). Harper could be a piece, source says, in potential Magic-Nets-Cavs deal. Sulia

May 15, 2012 Updates

When Orlando drafted Orton, they hadn’t seen him work out in person. Nearly every other team in the league had witnessed Orton struggle in workouts and knew of his knee issues. The Magic selected him sight unseen, and Orton isn’t the exception. Justin Harper had never met or interviewed with Orlando before they traded for his draft rights last year. HoopsWorld

Rival executives openly joke about the Magic’s approach to the pre-draft process. Most teams interview and work out everyone on their draft board. Some teams will even bring in a player multiple times to make sure they have a good read on his personality and game. The Magic’s lack of preparation has hurt them and a new regime must have a better approach to the draft. HoopsWorld

December 2, 2011 Updates
August 18, 2011 Updates

Justin Harper was selected by the Orlando Magic with the 32nd pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, but the rookie from Richmond won't begin his professional career in Florida. Instead, Harper will be taking his talents to France until the NBA lockout is over after finalizing an agreement to play in France with SIG Strasbourg. SB Nation

August 16, 2011 Updates

Add forward Justin Harper to the list of Americans who play overseas during the NBA lockout. The Orlando Magic rookie has agreed in principle to a deal with SIG Strasbourg, a team in France's top professional league, said Lance Young, Harper's agent. Young said the only part of the contract yet to be finalized is the exact language of the clause that will allow Harper to return to the U.S. when and if there is a 2011-12 NBA season. "We're hoping he can go out there for a couple of months and improve on a few things at the Pro A level in France and come back for training camp whenever that may be," Young told the Orlando Sentinel. "He'll be able to have some money in his pocket. But the main reason he wanted to do this was not for the money but just for the experience of playing professionally." Orlando Sentinel

Young acknowledged that playing overseas carries a risk of injury, but ultimately Harper determined that there also would have been a risk of injury if he had decided to remain in the U.S. and play pickup games and train on his own. Because of the lockout, officials from NBA teams are not permitted to have contact with their players or with their players' agents. "Obviously, the Orlando Magic will be reading about this," Young said. "I think they will be supportive of this. I haven't been able to reach out to them. "But I think they, like everyone else, will realize this will only help Justin as a player and as a person. We're just crossing our fingers he comes back in October or November [because the lockout ends] and not January or February or staying the whole year." Orlando Sentinel

August 15, 2011 Updates
June 29, 2011 Updates

A number of GMs reported to me on Friday that they passed on some players because of injury concerns. What's interesting is that some team doctors see problems that other team doctors don't. I heard particular teams had concerns about Bismack Biyombo, Kemba Walker, Justin Harper and Josh Selby. The concerns didn't affect Biyombo and Walker's draft stock much, but may help explain why Harper and Selby slid like they did. ESPN.com

June 20, 2011 Updates

Do you see yourself playing as a small forward or power forward? Justin Harper: I see myself as a power forward who can stretch the floor with my range, although I think I’m able to play the three because of my ballhandling. I can put the ball on the floor, that’s a big part of my game and I think that’s what sets me apart from other power forwards in this draft. HoopsHype

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