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Lakers news: Team signs Manny Harris to a second 10-day contract

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 As expected after the news broke out two days ago that Xavier Henry suffered another setback, the Los Angeles Lakers have signed guard Manny Harris to a second 10-day contract, according to a team press release.

Harris signed with the Lakers after guard Nick Young was suspended one game for throwing a punch at Phoenix Suns point guard Goran Dragic on Jan. 15. In the five games since then, the 24-year-old is averaging 6.4 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 20.9 minutes.

Prior to signing with Los Angeles, Harris had played in 13 games for the D-Fenders this season averaging 30.6 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 3.7 assists in 38.1 minutes per game. This also includes scoring at least 20 points in 12 of the 13 games with four 30-point outputs and three 40-point games with a franchise record 49 points on Jan. 10.

Harris earned the NBA D-League Performer of the Week on Jan. 13 for the second straight week. The former Michigan Wolverine went undrafted in the 2010 NBA draft and signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Harris played in 54 games in the 2010-11 season with the Cavaliers which included 15 starts, where he had a career-high 27 points against the Phoenix Suns on Jan. 9, 2011. He would play in 26 games with Cleveland in the 2011-12 season before getting waived in late December.

With Harris now under contract for at least the 10 days, it leaves the Lakers with 10 healthy players on the roster.

Here is a video of a nice putback dunk by Harris in the Lakers win over the Toronto Raptors on Jan. 19:

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Bob Garcia IV

Bob Garcia is a sports journalist from Southern California. He was a reporter for the award-winning newspaper, The Daily Sundial, at California State University, Northridge. You can follow him on Twitter, @BGarcia90.