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Moe Harkless
Moe Harkless
Position: F
Born: 05/11/93
Height: 6-9 / 2.06
Weight:207 lbs. / 94.3 kg.
Salary: $2,894,058
“I’m excited about a new beginning,” small forward Moe Harkless said. “I’ve heard a lot about Scott Skiles and am looking forward to meeting and working with him. Everything I’ve heard about him has been good. I’ve heard he’s a hard coach and he expects a lot out of his players, and that’s the kind of coach we need as a young team. We need to be held accountable and he’s the guy that’s going to do that for us. It’s a new opportunity for me to earn some more playing time too. Last year, I feel I didn’t really play a lot so it’s a opportunity to earn some minutes back and just be able to play my game. I’m looking forward to it and looking forward to working with him.
The Magic acquired Green so he could contribute off the bench and serve as a role model and mentor to the team’s youngsters. Green was a positive influence in the Magic locker room, especially for Maurice Harkless, Victor Oladipo and Elfrid Payton. “I talk to Willie every day,” Harkless said in March. “Willie’s definitely somebody that I talk to whenever I get frustrated. He’s the one to talk to. It’s always Willie.”
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With the NBA trade deadline looming on Thursday at 3 p.m., third-year Orlando Magic swingman Maurice Harkless said Wednesday that he’s not focusing on the possibility of being dealt. “I’m not thinking about it,” Harkless said. “I’m here, so I’m focused on practicing today. We’ve got a game Friday, so I’m focused on getting ready for that.” Harkless indeed is a candidate to be traded before Thursday’s deadline.
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The Magic will look to move little side pieces like Andrew Nicholson and Maurice Harkless, though it wouldn’t be a shocker if a front office that might be in some danger searches for something juicier. The Bulls and Spurs have assets in the cupboard, but neither has much record of in-season go-for-it deals. I could see the Bucks trying to dump Ersan Ilyasova, even if he’s the only traditional power forward left on the roster.

Teams inquiring about Moe Harkless

Alex Kennedy: Teams are calling the Magic to inquire about Moe Harkless. However, Rob Hennigan is asking for a ton in return (such as a first-rounder). Some believe ORL will keep Harkless/Nicholson and move on from Jacque Vaughn instead to see if a new coach could get more out of those guys. The takeaway is that Moe Harkless is viewed very differently by Rob Hennigan and Jacque Vaughn.
Maurice Harkless has chosen not to play for Puerto Rico’s national basketball team this summer. The 21-year-old Orlando Magic swingman originally was set to train with Puerto Rico’s team and represent the commonwealth during the upcoming FIBA World Cup in Spain. But Harkless has decided to concentrate instead on preparing for the 2014-15 season, his third year in the NBA. “He wants to focus on the Magic and getting ready for his most important season to date,” Happy Walters, Harkless’ agent, told the Orlando Sentinel.
The Orlando Magic on Saturday will exercise their 2014-15 team options on Maurice Harkless, Tobias Harris, Andrew Nicholson and Nik Vucevic, the Orlando Sentinel has learned. Under NBA rules regarding former first-round draft picks, a team has until Oct. 31 before a player’s second season to pick up its third-year option. A team also has until Oct. 31 before a player’s third season to exercise its fourth-year option.
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The Magic have until Oct. 31 to exercise their third- or fourth-year options on several players’ rookie-scale contracts for the 2014-15 season. The Magic will exercise their third-year options on small forward Maurice Harkless and power forward Andrew Nicholson. Harkless will be paid about $1.89 million for the 2014-15 season, and Nicholson will be paid about $1.55 million for that season.