The Raptors have restored their free agent exception rights and tendered a qualifying offer to shooting guard Jalen Harris, making him a restricted free agent, per the NBA’s transactions log.
Harris was recently reinstated by the NBA after a two-year ban for drug-related violations.
Harris, 24, is 6-foot-5 and was selected by the Raptors out of Louisiana Tech in the second round (No. 59 overall) of the 2020 NBA Draft. He had been dismissed and disqualified from the league for one year for “testing positive for a prohibited substance under the NBA/NBPA Anti-Drug Program,” the league announced.
He did manage to play for the Raptors as a rookie, as well as Raptors905, their G League affiliate. In May 2021, he scored a career-high 31 points against the Mavericks in his hometown of Dallas.
Overall, he compiled averages of 7.4 points and 50 percent shooting in 13 games with Toronto.
He then spent a year playing for Italian club Vanoli Cremona, and last season with joining the Scarborough Shooting Stars of the Canadian Elite Basketball League before applying for reinstatement.