The Nets extended Shaq Harrison for another 10 days, the team announced on Wednesday morning.
Harrison’s original 10-day hardship exception deal was signed on Dec. 18 and expired on Tuesday. He appeared in two games for Brooklyn, posting averages of 2.0 points, 2.0 rebounds, and 1.5 assists in 11.3 minutes per game.
The decision to extend Harrison’s stay comes a day after the Nets announced that Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant, and LaMarcus Aldridge had exited COVID protocol. Durant and Aldridge are expected to return to the Nets lineup for Thursday’s game in Brooklyn against the Philadelphia 76ers.
The Nets appear to be keeping around a few of their hardship exemption signings as insurance as players return from COVID protocol. Langston Galloway was also extended earlier this week for another 10 days.
With the changes to the rules with COVID crippling the NBA, the Nets could have signed up to 10 players due to COVID. Cam Thomas, Day’Ron Sharpe, David Duke Jr., and Kessler Edwards remain in protocol at the moment, but that could change with the league shortening the time players need to quarantine from 10 days to 6.
James Ennis III was not re-signed by the Nets and reportedly signed a 10-day hardship deal with the Los Angeles Clippers, who Brooklyn defeated on Monday night.