There’s Justin Harper, with the New York Knicks. Casper Ware, with the Portland Trail Blazers. Brady Heslip with the Memphis Grizzlies. There are no paychecks for playing in Summer League. There’s per diem, around $100 per day. There’s a hotel room, two-hour practices, daily bus rides and no guarantee of playing time. “It’s a grind, man,” Machado said. “Every time you come out to Summer League, everyone is trying to prove themselves. Me, trying to facilitate, sometimes you overthink it. Every time you come back, you think, ‘Man I did this already.’ It’s a constant grind and constant pressure you put on yourself.”
Harper will remain in the city and rejoin the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the NBA Development League. He’s averaging 16.2 points and 7.0 rebounds and is shooting 40.1 percent on three-pointers for the D-Fenders this season. The 6-foot-10, 225-pounder said he learned the value of competing and fighting during his time with the Sixers. “They are very competitive group of guys and I think that coincides with what I kind of go through just to get another shot and prove myself,” Harper said. “So you know, it’s a team full of guy that are hungry and young guys that the talent and trying to put it all together.
The Philadelphia 76ers announced today the team has signed forward Justin Harper to a 10-day contract. Harper, a two-time NBA D-League All-Star, most recently saw action with the Los Angeles D-Fenders, where he appeared in 37 games (all starts) and posted averages of 16 points and seven rebounds in 29 minutes per game, while shooting 40 percent from three-point range.
Shams Charania: The Philadelphia 76ers plan to sign forward Justin Harper of the L.A. D-Fenders to a 10-day contract, league sources tell @The Vertical.
Chris Reichert: However, Justin Harper will likely return to D-Fenders after his 2nd consecutive 10-day with Detroit expired #NBADL
August 3, 2021 | 4:24 pm EDT Update
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