For Marc Berman of the New York Post, Harper had conversations with Knicks president Leon Rose and general manager Scott Perry about the future.
“[Rose and Perry] told me they couldn’t wait for me to be part of the team, that I was in New York and that I was myself,” Harper told The Post in a telephone interview. “Play my game and everything else will take care of itself. I feel there are many fantastic things I could do and that I have good potential to do it. ”
Harper is one of the most popular players in Auburn’s history. In 2019, he helped lead the Tigers to their first Final Four. That season, he averaged 15.3 points and 5.8 assists per game.
Not drawn up after leaving Auburn a year earlier, he eventually signed a bilateral agreement with the suns. For AZcentral.com, “Harper averaged 20.8 points and 5.7 assists in 33 games for the Phoenix G League team, Northern Arizona Suns. The 5-10, 175-pound point guard only played in three games for Phoenix, scoring two points on 1- 4 “shot.
The Sun gave it up in March, but not because it wasn’t playing well.
“Jared has a one-year contract,” said Suns CEO James Jones when Harper was given up. “For him, exploring the opportunities was something we considered and in the end, we thought we could help him.”
For Berman, “The 22-year-old appeared in just three NBA games, recording eight minutes in total. The Suns have an excess of reserve guards in Elle Okobo, Ty Jerome and Jevon Carter behind the appetizer Ricky Rubio. Devin Booker also plays some backup points. So the Suns didn’t need Harper to reboot. “
Harper feels like he has learned from his G League experience, he told Berman.
“Sometimes I felt that just wanting to have the opportunity to be on the NBA floor and try to contribute to the team would be frustrating,” Harper told The Post. “I still think it was a great first year overall improving in the G-League. I heard that this year is the maximum that I have improved overall in my career, able to work on different things. I definitely felt I was a better basketball player. I would not have wanted it to be different because I feel I have improved. ”
Now, he is happy to be tied to New York.