We weren’t going to see Terrel Harris opening night for Portland anyway — he got a five game suspension from the league for failing a drug test (the telltale sign he tested positive for marijuana on three different occasions).
But it looks like we will not see him at all in Rip City. The Blazers plan to cut him loose, reports the Oregonian.
Guard Terrel Harris, who has been suspended five games by the NBA for violating its drug policy, is also listed on the Blazers’ roster. But a team source said Harris, who was acquired as part of the three-team trade that landed center Robin Lopez, is expected to be waived before camp opens.
Harris has wanted to catch on as a three-and-D guy but last season he shot 14.8 percent from the field when he did get in games. Which was only 20 times anyway. Throw in that he has been a turnover machine (last season 35 percent of his possessions used ended in a turnover) and you can see why the Blazers would want to move on.
With all those issues and that five game suspension the next time an NBA team signs him, Harris might be a playing overseas this season.
Preseason is only just getting underway and there’s already a potentially serious injury to report. In the game between the Hornets and Magic on Saturday night, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was taken to the locker room after suffering a right shoulder injury. The Hornets announced that he was then taken to an Orlando-area hospital for follow-up x-rays:
We likely won’t know more about the extent of his injury until tomorrow, but if it was serious, that would be a major loss for the Hornets. Kidd-Gilchrist is their best perimeter defender and an important piece if they hope to compete for a playoff spot this year.
CHICAGO — Derrick Rose is nearing a return to practice with the Bulls. After undergoing surgery on Wednesday to repair a fractured left orbital suffered in practice on Tuesday, Rose’s recovery is going as expected and he’s expected to rejoin the team on Wednesday.
“The follow-up [exam] went very well,” Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said after practice on Saturday. “They’ve advised him to continue to let that site heal, and they think the best way for him to do that is to stay at home at this time. We plan on him being back on Wednesday morning.”
Rose won’t be able to participate in practice for another week after that — Hoiberg said the previously announced two-week timetable for returning to basketball activities remains on schedule — but with a radically different offense, there’s a lot to learn, and just being around the team to watch practices and learn the new play sets is important.
“We’re going to actually get over there and watch some film with him today,” Hoiberg said. “Because again, like we talked about [Friday], we’ve added new sets, new things, so we’ll get him caught up by a couple of coaches going over and seeing him at his house.”
The two-week timetable puts Rose’s return to basketball activity around next Wednesday, October 14. From there, it will be a matter of getting him back into game shape before Hoiberg is comfortable playing him in games.
Hoiberg said earlier this week that he is optimistic Rose will be able to play when the Bulls kick off the regular season at home on October 27 against the Cleveland Cavaliers.