Iowa Energy acquire rights to Harris in NBA D-League trade

January 26, 2016

Ramon Harris Basketball

Photo credit by Michelle Davies | The Journal Gazette

Even though he approved the trade, Ramon Harris of Anchorage didn’t necessarily want to leave the Fort Wayne Mad Ants.

But the lure of more playing time proved too tempting.

The Iowa Energy traded for one of the best 3-pointer shooters in the NBA D-League in a move that should lead to more minutes for the 6-foot-7 forward. The Mad Ants cleared the trade with Harris before pulling the trigger.

“I made my decision solely on the thought of going to a franchise where they’re expecting me to play, and that was it,” Harris told the News-Sentinel. “It’s a sad feeling, leaving Fort Wayne. Fort Wayne will always have a place in my heart.”

Harris, of West High fame, ranks No. 15 in the league with a career-best .403 shooting percentage. He was near the top 5 earlier this season.

This was his fourth season with the Mad Ants, who he won a D-League championship with in 2014 and made the Finals with in 2015.

“Ramon has meant so much to this franchise and we have not been able to give him the role and the minutes he needs to further his career,” Fort Wayne general manager Brian Levy told the newspaper.

Harris started 41 of 153 career games for Fort Wayne and averaged 6.7 points and 3.5 rebounds per game.

The 27-year-old is only Alaskan to reach the 1,000-point plateau in the D-League.

He will join the Energy for their home game Thursday night.