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NBA reinstates guard Harris after drug suspension

TORONTO – Jalen Harris has been reinstated by the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association after serving a one-year suspension for a positive drug test.

The Toronto Raptors hold the guard’s rights as a restricted free agent, but the team is at the maximum 20 players allowed heading into training camp.

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Harris reacted to Tuesday’s news by tweeting a praying hands emoji.

Harris was given a one-year suspension on July 1, 2021, after testing positive for a prohibited substance under the NBA/NBPA anti-drug program.

The 24-year-old Dallas native spent the past few months playing for the expansion Scarborough Shooting Stars of the Canadian Elite Basketball League, averaging 19.9 points a game on 41-per-cent shooting.

The Raptors drafted the six-foot-five guard with their 59th pick in the 2020 NBA draft. He scored a career-high 32 points versus the Dallas Mavericks on May 14, 2021.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 16, 2022.

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