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Sixers sign Justin Harper to 10-day contract

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Harper averaged over 16 points per game as a member of the Los Angeles D-Fenders.

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The Sixers have reportedly signed power forward Justin Harper to a 10-day contract, according to The Vertical’s Shams Charania.

Harper, 27, averaged 16.2 points and 6.9 rebounds per game while shooting 49.1 percent from the field and 40.1 percent from beyond the arc for the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the D-League.

He was drafted by the Orlando Magic with the 32nd overall pick in 2011, and played just 14 games with the team before being cut.

After his short stint in Orlando he played for teams in the D-League, Israel and Italy. Harper made his return to the NBA on Feb. 24, 2016, when he signed a 10-day deal with the Detroit Pistons. The team opted to sign him to a second 10-day deal, but elected not to retain him for the rest of the season. Harper was then re-acquired by the D-Fenders, and has been there ever since.

The 6-foot-10 forward should give the Sixers some much needed depth at the four, as Dario Saric and Robert Covington have been the team’s only power forwards since Ersan Ilyasova was traded.

Harper’s signing places the team at the roster limit of 15 players, but it’s quite possible another spot could open up soon. Because Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid, Jerryd Bayless and newly acquired Tiago Splitter have missed at least three games, the team is eligible for a hardship waiver, meaning they could add a 16th player. The Sixers will need to apply for it first, and there’s no word yet on whether or not they plan to do so.