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Moe Harkless
Moe Harkless
Position: F
Born: 05/11/93
Height: 6-7 / 2.01
Weight:208 lbs. / 94.3 kg.
Salary: $11,011,234
Here is an incomplete list of moves he would try to make: Trade Tomas Satoransky to the Nets for himself so that he could be his own starting point guard for the Bulls. Sign with Klutch Sports in an attempt to curry enough favor for Rich Paul to convince Chicago-native Anthony Davis to join the Bulls in an offseason sign-and-trade. Thaddeus Young, Cristiano Felicio, Wendell Carter Jr. and a first-round pick would go to the Lakers. Use a sweetener to dump Luke Kornet and Ryan Arcidiacano in order to create the cap space to sign Moe Harkless. Sign another 3-and-D veteran, ideally Terrence Ross or Marcus Morris. Where that cap space comes from is unclear.
“He understood his role — mainly to guard one of the other team’s best perimeter players, sparing Kawhi (Leonard) and Paul (George) for parts of games,’’ one Western Conference personnel man said. “He is an excellent defender — especially when guarding against guards and smaller wings. In Portland and in L.A., he played with ball-dominant stars, so he was often tucked in the corner. But when he cuts, he can be effective getting to the basket.’’ Harkless’ hefty four-year, $40 million contract is about finished. NBA sources believe Harkless will get more than the minimum because of his versatile defense. In a 115-106 Knicks loss in Philadelphia on Feb. 27, Harkless buried five straight 3-pointers in the third quarter.
If that provided some lesson of staying with your game, the hard lesson for Harkless was that the wins that came steadily in his time with the Portland Trail Blazers and the Los Angeles Clippers are much harder to come by now. “We’ve got a lot of work to do,” Harkless said. “We’ve got to play the right way. We’ve got to build good habits. It’s a process. It’s not going to happen overnight. But we have some good pieces here, so we’ve just got to build on that.”
He spent four years in Portland without a losing season and then was a starter for much of this season with the Clippers, dreaming championship dreams, before being dealt to the Knicks earlier this month. “I relate to a lot of these guys,” Harkless said. “These guys are willing to listen. It hasn’t been hard. These guys are easy to talk to. I just try to continue to make an impact on these guys as well . . . Whatever situation I’m in I just put my all into it. So I’ve just got to make the most of it and try to make something out of this.”

Moe Harkless on Lakers' radar

That doesn’t mean they aren’t looking, though. In fact, during an appearance on ESPN LA 710’s “The Sedano Show” on Tuesday, Sam Amick of The Athletic reported that the Lakers are waiting to see what happens with Moe Harkless, who was traded from the 37-18 LA Clippers to the 17-38 New York Knicks in the Marcus Morris deal earlier this month: “Moe Harkless is a name I’ve heard they’re interested in and monitoring and still have an eye on.”
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Asked about his future as a free agent, Harkless said: “Obviously you know like I said playing for the Knicks is a dream come true. If that happens, that would be great. I don’t know what this summer is going to look like. Being in New York would be fine with me.” Though he has not fully lived up to the No. 15-overall position at which he was drafted by the 76ers in 2012 (they traded him to the Magic two months later), Harkless played in 50 games for the powerful Clippers this season, making 38 starts.
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Clippers interested in Thompson, Love and Dedmon

The Clippers have been aggressive, no surprise considering they have the $11.5 million Mo Harkless contract and a first round pick to deal. Considering if LA doesn’t trade the pick it can’t deal another one until we colonize Mars, there is some urgency in the LA front office to get a deal done. The Clippers have kicked the tires on Kevin Love and could grab disgruntled Kings center Dewayne Dedmon, but neither are preferred options. There is some interest in Tristan Thompson in LA’s front office, per sources, as LA’s coaching staff has fretted about the team’s rebounding, particularly when Ivica Zubac is off the floor. Wing depth is a consideration for the Clippers, with Robert Covington and Iguodala among the possibilities discussed.
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Moe Harkless said his jersey switch was a no-brainer. “I think it was an easy decision, just out of respect for Kobe Bryant and his legacy,” said the new No. 11, the Clippers’ forward formerly known as No. 8. “I just feel like it was the right thing to do for me personally. Obviously, everybody has their own opinion, but for me, it was an easy decision.”
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“It’s huge,” Thibodeau said of the team’s defensive depth. “You can’t overlook guys like Harkless and McGruder because you can throw those guys in and have them guard a primary scorer for 7-10 minutes. You can give them a lot of different looks. I think the great players in this league, over time, they’ll figure out one defender. “But if you throw different looks at them and put different guys at different times — it’ll also free those guys up offensively. That’s where the great value in having that type of lineup lies.”
Adrian Wojnarowski: Portland gets a starting caliber center on an expiring deal as it awaits Jusuf Nurkic’s return from a serious leg injury. Blazers offseason: Whiteside, Kent Bazemore, retain Rodney Hood and draft Nassir Little. Another Western contender loading up.
If only they’d contained Curry in those first three quarters, when they trailed by just six despite him scoring 33 of his 36 points and hitting eight of his nine threes, then maybe they could have stolen the series opener. “There’s no way the best shooter in the game should get that (kind of space),” Blazers small forward Moe Harkless had said. When asked about the reasons behind the approach, he said, “That’s a Coach Stotts question; I just execute the gameplan.”
But Curry had plenty of freedom and he feasted, finishing with 36 points and seven assists, while tying his playoff-career-high in three-pointers with nine. Did Curry have too much space to operate? “Yeah, absolutely,” said Moe Harkless, who recorded 17 points and three blocks. “I don’t think there’s any way Steph should come off a pick-and-roll and have a clean look. We don’t get that. Dame don’t get that. CJ (McCollum) don’t get that. There’s no way the best shooter in the game should get that. We’ve just got to make it a little tougher on them coming off those screens, not let them get clean looks. I’m sure coach will make an adjustment.”