Mike Harris will be signed by the Houston Rockets for the rest of the season according to Mark Berman of Fox 26 is Houston. Harris was averaging 27.1 points and 10.5 rebounds while shooting 58% from the field with the Rockets D-League affiliate, the Rio Grande Valley Vipers.
This comes at a nearly perfect time as the D-League Blogging Assocation ranked Harris as the top prospect in the D-League this morning. It would have been unanimous, but I gave him a second place vote with the following reasoning:
It shouldn't come as a surprise that Mike Harris is once again at the top of the list - he's simply been dominant during D-League play - 36 points on 14-of-19 shooting and 17 rebounds against the Reno Bighorns in his most recent game. I ranked him second not because he's the second best player in the D-League or because I'm a rebel and didn't want to be like everyone else, but because I think NBA teams still aren't sure how to use a 6-foot-6, 235 pound comboish-forward. My advice: Just put him on the court and let him be 'D-League scrappy.' You won't be mad.
Fortunately, the Rockets know how to use him - Harris was a pretty valuable role player on the 22-game-win-streak team back in 2008.
Harris has been called up by the Rockets earlier this season as well, appearing two games before being released to ensure his contract wasn't guaranteed. Harris also had a 10-day contract with the Washington Wizards in February, though he didn't stick.
Berman reports that Harris was signed for the season as well as next season, though next season is more than likely an unguaranteed deal (a la James White last season).