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Barry Jackson: Can confirm, via source, that Heat has signed Mo Harkless, as Woj just noted. Skilled defender added to frontcourt. Now 14 with guaranteed contracts. Gets $3.6 M bi-annual.
Some NBA players don’t care for playing in New York. Not Harkless of South Ozone Park. “Playing for the Knicks was always something I wanted to do,’’ Harkless said. “It was definitely a dream come true being at the Garden wearing the jersey. That was kind of crazy actually — being a kid from New York dreaming to play for the Knicks and doing it.’’
Harkless, the former St. John’s star, is a defender and Thibodeau is a defensive coach. “It was good conversations about different things,’’ Harkless told The Post about his exit interview with new team president Leon Rose. “I don’t know what free agency will bring yet until October. They got a good coach,” Harkless told The Post. “Thibs is a great coach and I have a lot of respect for him. But I don’t know what’s going to happen.’’
Originally, Harkless was just a big expiring contract to make the trade-deadline deal work. After viewing how sharply the 6-foot-7 small forward still played defense and how genuinely the Queens product and former St. John’s star wanted to be a Knick, team executives opened their minds.
“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.
New Knicks president Leon Rose wanted to examine the 26-year-old closely across the last 16 games as he enters free agency. That audition likely will get cut short with the season’s indefinite suspension because of the coronavirus pandemic. “It was a chance for him to showcase to the Knicks and to see if he wanted to be here,’’ one NBA source told The Post. “He always wanted to be a Knick.’’
New York is expected to express interest to re-sign Maurice Harkless, sources say, with playoff contenders planning to pursue him in free agency as well.
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.
The Portland Trail Blazers have re-signed forward Maurice Harkless, it was announced today by president of basketball operations Neil Olshey.
“Moe is an impact player with a bright future and a high upside,” said Olshey. “We look forward to his continued growth and are pleased he chose to make a long term commitment to the Trail Blazers.”
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Walters says several teams have shown interest in Harkless, but the small forward wants to re-sign with Portland. However, talks with the Blazers have shown "no movement" in recent days. If Harkless receives an offer from another team, the Blazers will have three days to decide whether to match the offer.
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The Trail Blazers on Tuesday extended qualifying offers to Meyers Leonard, Maurice Harkless and Allen Crabbe, ensuring the three players will be restricted free agents beginning July 1. By extending the qualifying offers, the Blazers reserve the right to match any offer the players receive on the free agent market, which begins July 1. A qualifying offer is 125% of the players’ previous salary.
The benefit in restricted agency is that Portland controls the process up to a point. Building relationships with agents is one element of a general manager’s job that goes unnoticed by the public. The trust that GM Neil Olshey has built with restricted free agents Meyers Leonard, Allen Crabbe and Maurice Harkless, along with their agents, will be critical.
The Portland Trail Blazers held their annual exit interviews with the media on Thursday, marking the end of a surprising and successful 2015-16 season. In the video above, forward Maurice Harkless – a restricted free agent – discusses his first season with the Trail Blazers, where he wants to improve this summer, and his desire to return to to Portland. "I loved it," Harkless said of his year with the Blazers. "It was by far the most fun season I've had. These guys here are great, the organization is great. I really, really enjoyed it. I'm looking forward to seeing what happens this summer."
Eric Pincus: I need to verify - but guessing the Magic also renounced their Moe Harkless TPE to get under the cap, along with Richardson/Green @BBallInsiders
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