Former Auburn point guard Jared Harper has agreed to a two-way contract with the Phoenix Suns.
Harper will start the 2019-2020 NBA season on the Phoenix Suns G-League affiliate team The Northern Arizona Suns after agreeing to a deal on Wednesday, according to Gina Mizell of The Athletic.
“Accomplishing my dream of being an NBA player is exciting,” Harper said. “For it to be happening right now is great.”
Harper has the opportunity to play up to 45 days on the Suns’ NBA roster next season.
If Harper reaches the 45-day limit on an NBA roster, according the 2017-2018 salary cap rules, he could see his salary bump up from $75,000 to $204,000.
The former Auburn guard made a splash in this year’s Summer League and that can be a reason the Suns felt comfortable offering Harper a two-way deal. In four Summer League games, Harper averaged 10.5 points, 2.5 assists and 2.5 rebounds on 38 percent shooting.
"[Phoenix] said I’m a great player and I’m going to do a lot of great things on the court,” Harper said. “Some of the things I was able to do at Auburn, I was able to do during summer league. I’m going to continue to get better and prepare to get ready for training camp and eventually the season.”
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Harper was an important part of the revival of Auburn basketball and led the Tigers to a Final Four run in his junior season before leaving a year early for the NBA Draft. On the way to the Final Four, Harper was awarded the Midwest Regional most outstanding player with 15.3 points, 4.8 assists and 2.5 rebounds per game in the regional.
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