JD Shaw: The Heat also signed Maurice Harkless to his deal today. “We have always liked what Moe Harkless brings to a team,” Pat Riley said. Full quote: pic.twitter.com/JmmIwvPH2O
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Ira Winderman: Pat Riley on Heat signing of Maurice Harkless, “We like his experience in knowing the role he will play for us real well. Moe can guard multiple positions, play above the rim, great shot blocker for his position and most importantly for our offense, space the floor.”
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Adrian Wojnarowski: Free agent F Moe Harkless has agreed to a one-year, $3.6M deal with the Miami Heat, sources tell ESPN.
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.’’
But if the Knicks never offer it — or if Harkless, who has tasted 33 playoff games in his career, instead wants to join a contender — most analysts and executives I polled believe (especially in the unsure market ahead), he’d fall into the taxpayer mid-level to full mid-level range, which is where a suitor like the Warriors (whose largest free agency tool is the TPMLE, estimated near $6 million) could come into play.
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.’’
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 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.
Stefan Bondy: Moe Harkless says he’s remaining with the Knicks the rest of the season but going from a contender to a non-playoff team has been an adjustment: “Everything is different, the culture and everything.”
Sources have indicated the Knicks wanted Harkless in Thursday’s deadline Marcus Morris deal more for his contract to make the math work than for the long-term. But the 26-year-old Harkless, whose deal expires after the season, said he will make the most of it.
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.”
“I’m excited to be back with the Blazers, ready to continue to grow as a team with this group of incredible guys and coaches, and build on what we accomplished last season,” said Harkless. “Portland has become a city I’ve grown to love and I’m happy to say that I’ll be here for the next four years. I’m grateful to Mr. Allen and the organization for the belief they’ve shown in me and this opportunity they have provided for me.”
Restricted free agent Maurice Harkless has agreed to a four-year, $40 million deal to re-sign with the Portland Trail Blazers, league sources told The Vertical.
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Shams Charania: RFA Moe Harkless has agreed to a four-year, $40M-plus deal to re-sign with the Portland Trail Blazers, league sources tell The Vertical.
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.
Jason Quick: RFA Maurice Harkless has received interest from teams, including POR, but not close to deal or offer sheet. “It’s still early,” agent says
David Aldridge: Portland believes its 2-year, $15M deal 4 Festus Ezeli shouldn’t impact its ability to keep RFAs Meyers Leonard, Allen Crabbe, Moe Harkless. (@The Vertical 1st)
Rod Beard: There are some rumblings for #Pistons and guys like Thomas Robinson, Moe Harkless and Jon Leuer. Could be last puzzle piece.
Marc J. Spears: The Wizards, Pistons, Lakers, Mavs and Jazz among teams expressing interest in Blazers restricted free agent forward Moe Harkless, a source said.
Alex Kennedy: The Pistons, Wizards, Bulls, Lakers and Mavericks are among the teams interested in restricted free agent Moe Harkless, per sources.
Steve Kyler: North of that… hearing guys like Mo Harkless getting $12m… twitter.com/JakeHymanNJNY/…
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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