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Suns plan to keep Shaquille Harrison on main roster this season

After strong showings in the final month of the season and throughout Summer League, Harrison earned his way onto the roster in 2018-19.

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The flurry of roster activity, like I hinted at after the announcement of the Jared Dudley trade earlier this morning, turned out to happen all at once. And it wouldn’t surprise me to see more coming involving a trade or signing a free agent, as Phoenix opened up another roster spot in the process.

Once Dudley was moved, it made the Davon Reed contract situation easy to figure out, but we also found out the fate of Shaquille Harrison as well.

Harrison’s contract will allow him to earn $50,000 once August 1st hits, but the rest of his deal is non-guaranteed until January 10.

I would expect Harrison and Elie Okobo to battle it out for the backup point guard job in training camp, unless the Suns make another move for depth at that position via trade.

In his 23 games for Phoenix last season, Harrison proved to be their best on-ball defender on guards in short order after constantly being a pest and making constant impact plays on that end. Harrison’s 3.2 STL% was one of the best for any rookie.

Then, this past week in Las Vegas Summer League, Harrison turned up his two-way intensity even further by averaging 2.7 steals while averaging 12.2 points, 4.4 rebounds and 6 assists. Far and away, he was one of the Suns’ biggest standouts next to Reed.

With 14 roster spots locked down, expect another move coming from the Suns. Whenever that comes to fruition, stay tuned to Bright Side of the Sun for information as it breaks.