NBA Rumor: Moe Harkless Free Agency

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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.’’

“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.

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 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.”
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