When the Los Angeles Lakers agreed to a deal with Elias Harris earlier this week, they weren’t just acquiring your regular rookie out of college: Harris also has history with the German national team.
Born in Speyer, Germany, the 24-year-old Harris first played for his national team at the EuroBasket in 2009, and then appeared again for his country at the 2010 FIBA World Championships.
However, due to his new commitment to the Lakers, Harris may not play for Germany at the EuroBasket later this year, according to NBA Germany:
[pullquote]With the commitment [to] the NBA, participation of the 24-year-old in the European Championship in Slovenia is unlikely. Harris already missed the start of the second EM preparation camp, [which started on] 22 July in Fulda.[/pullquote]
While the championships take place in September before NBA training camps begin, the Lakers may want to keep Harris close to them in Los Angeles over the summer. That way, they can keep tabs on his progress and prepare him for his first season in the NBA.
The deal that Harris agreed to with the purple and gold is said to be for two-years, with a team option in the second year. Harris averaged 10.2 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game for the Lakers’ Summer League team in Las Vegas earlier this month.