Pistons expected to sign forward Justin Harper
Cleveland — The Pistons were left with an open roster spot after they voided the 2-for-1 trade with the Houston Rockets on Monday.
They could be filling that spot with a somewhat familiar face in the coming days.
Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports’ The Vertical reported early Tuesday morning that the Pistons plan on signing D-League forward Justin Harper to a 10-day contract.
Harper, at 6-foot-10, 225 pounds, could provide insurance at the power-forward position, after Anthony Tolliver suffered a right knee sprain, which is expected to keep him out 2-4 weeks.
Harper, 26, is averaging 14.8 points and 5.0 rebounds in 34 games with the D-Fenders. More tantalizing for Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy is that Harper shoots 40 percent on 3-pointers. Harper played on the Pistons' summer-league roster last year.
Van Gundy said before Monday’s win over the Cavaliers that there were no imminent moves coming, but after Stanley Johnson suffered a sprained shoulder against Cleveland, the Pistons were down another forward.
Harper was a second-round pick from Richmond in the 2011 draft by the Cavs and was traded to the Orlando Magic and played in 22 games.
In the preseason, Harper played with the Brooklyn Nets and averaged 9.0 points and 4.7 rebounds in six games.