Justin Harper signs two year deal with the Magic, Magic also sign DeAndre Liggins
Mere hours before the start of training camp the Orlando Magic have signed rookie forward Justin Harper and rookie guard DeAndre Liggins, President of Basketball Operations/General Manager Otis Smith announced today. While the team policy is to not disclose the contracts, MBO has learned via Harper’s agent Lance Young that Justin has signed a two year fully guaranteed deal for $1.3M. Liggins contract is likely non-guaranteed and he will have to earn his keep throughout training camp.
Harper (6’10”, 225, 8/30/89) was selected in the second round (32nd overall) of the 2011 NBA Draft by Cleveland. He was acquired on Draft night (June 23) by Orlando in exchange for two future second round draft picks. Harper appeared in 137 career games at the University of Richmond, averaging 10.6 ppg. and 4.8 rpg. in 22.9 minpg. during his collegiate career. He also shot .382 (179-468) from three-point range. As a senior (2010-11), Harper played in 37 games, averaging 17.9 ppg., 6.9 rpg., 1.2 apg. and 1.2 blkpg. in 31.8 minpg. He was named First Team All-Atlantic 10, leading the Spiders in both scoring and rebounding. Harper scored 20-plus points 14 times, including a career-high 30 points against George Washington.
Liggins (6’6”, 209, 3/31/88) was selected in the second round (53rd overall) of the 2011 NBA Draft by Orlando. He appeared in 100 career games at the University of Kentucky, averaging 5.8 ppg., 3.0 rpg. and 2.1 rpg. in 21.9 minpg. during his collegiate career. As a junior (2010-11), Liggins played in 38 games, averaging 8.6 ppg., 4.0 rpg., 2.5 apg. and 1.2 stlpg. in 31.6 minpg. He also shot .391 (36-92) from three-point range.
I wrote my thoughts on both of these guys at the time of their initial press conferences (pre-lockout). You can read the full thoughts on Harper and Liggins here.