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Justin Harper To Play In France

Per Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel through, Orlando rookie Justin Harper, will play in France for SIG Strasbourg:

The Orlando Magic rookie has agreed in principle to a deal with SIG Strasbourg, a team in France’s top professional league, said Lance Young, Harper’s agent. Young said the only part of the contract yet to be finalized is the exact language of the clause that will allow Harper to return to the U.S. when and if there is a 2011-12 NBA season.

“We’re hoping he can go out there for a couple of months and improve on a few things at the Pro A level in France and come back for training camp whenever that may be,” Young told the Orlando Sentinel. “He’ll be able to have some money in his pocket. But the main reason he wanted to do this was not for the money but just for the experience of playing professionally.”

Harper was selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers with the 32nd overall pick and dealt to the Magic on draft night. Harper, a long, sharp-shooting forward, averaged 17.9 points per game for Richmond last season.

You can read more about Harper’s game and how he could fit in with the Magic here.

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