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Phoenix Suns waive Shaquille Harrison; Will he return to Prescott Valley?
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Phoenix Suns’ Shaquille Harrison moves the ball against the Orlando Magic on March 24, 2018, in Orlando, Fla. Harrison was cut by the Phoenix Suns on Monday, Oct. 15, 2018. (John Raoux/AP, file)

Phoenix Suns’ Shaquille Harrison moves the ball against the Orlando Magic on March 24, 2018, in Orlando, Fla. Harrison was cut by the Phoenix Suns on Monday, Oct. 15, 2018. (John Raoux/AP, file)

PRESCOTT VALLEY — After reportedly signing the 38-year-old Jamal Crawford to a 1-year, $2.5 million deal earlier in the day, the Phoenix Suns were forced to make a decision Monday.

That decision, unfortunately for former Northern Arizona Suns guard Shaquille Harrison, meant he was on the outside looking in as Phoenix released him Monday afternoon, just hours before the NBA’s deadline to cut its roster down to 15 players.

Darrell Arthur was also released, according to a club press release.

Harrison initially signed with Phoenix on Feb. 21, 2018, and averaged 6.6 points, 2.7 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.1 steals in 23 games last season, the first of his NBA career.

For the most part, Harrison spent the last two years in a Northern Arizona Suns uniform, and could very well be back in Prescott Valley if he chooses to return to the NBA Gatorade League as the Suns currently still own his player rights.

Phoenix still has one two-way roster spot, with Danuel House as the other two-way player. House played in 35 games for Northern Arizona last season. It is yet to be seen whether or not Phoenix decides to use that final spot on Harrison.

A Kansas City native and former Tulsa standout, Harrison will likely chose to weigh his options and see if another NBA team is interested in signing him if the Suns don’t use the final two-way contract on him.

The league opens the 2018-19 regular season Tuesday night.

UP NEXT

The G League draft is set for Saturday, with the Suns holding the 16th overall pick, barring any trades. Northern Arizona will likely open training camp either Sunday or Monday following the draft.

The club announced Friday it will play a preseason game at the South Bay Lakers on Oct. 27. The Suns open the 2018-19 season, their third in Prescott Valley, with a home game Saturday, Nov. 3, against the Santa Cruz Warriors. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.

Brian M. Bergner Jr. is news/sports editor for The Daily Courier of Prescott News Network. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and SoundCloud at @TheEditorDesk. Email bbergner@prescottaz.com or call 928-445-3333, ext. 1106.

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