Written by Garrett Catalana – @GarrettCatalana
The 87ers have decided to shake things up at point guard.
The team announced on Friday that they had acquired guard Aaron Harrison from the Greensboro Swarm in exchange for Cat Barber and the returning player rights to Sam Thompson.
Barber went undrafted in the 2016 NBA Draft, later signing with the 76ers with an invitation to training camp. He was waived prior to the start of the regular season, appearing in just two preseason games, limited by injury. He was later acquired by the 87ers as an affiliate player of the Sixers.
Barber started 21 games at point guard with the Sevens, averaging 14 points, 4 assists, and one steal in 31 minutes per game. Barber had been one of four point guards invited to work out for the 76ers for a roster spot on January 8th, along with Briante Weber, Yogi Ferrell, and Chasson Randle, but failed to be signed. He last appeared for Delaware on January 14th, sitting out the next seven games before the trade to Greensboro.
In exchange for Cat Barber, the 87ers received former-Kentucky guard, 22-year old Aaron Harrison (6’6, 209). In 19 games this season with the Swam, Harrison averaged 19 points, five rebounds, three assists, and one steal. Over two seasons, Harrison appeared in 26 games with the Charlotte Hornets.
Harrison will be a good addition to an 87ers squad that has been surging over the last month, having won eight of its last twelve games. Over the course of two months, 87ers GM Brandon Williams has helped improve the roster by acquiring solid players that have fit into roles nicely, as the teams climbs up the conference standings (16-13 overall).
- December 1st: Claimed Mikh McKinney from the D-League available player pool
- December 14th: Acquired Devondrick Walker from the Westchester Knicks via trade
- January 15th: Acquired Roscoe Smith from the LA D-Fenders via trade
- January 20th: Re-signed Russ Smith
- February 3rd: Acquired Andrew Harrison from the Greensboro Swarm via trade
Guards (5): Russ Smith, Aaron Harrison, Dionte Christmas, Devondrick Walker, Mikh McKinney
Forwards (4): James Webb III, Roscoe Smith, Brandon Triche, Carlos Lopez-Sosa
Centers (2): Shawn Long, David Laury
(The Sevens can add a twelfth player to the roster, reaching the allotted D-League max)