Maurice Harkless
Maurice Harkless
27-Year-Old ForwardF
New York Knicks
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Harkless was dealt to the Clippers as part of the multi-team deal that landed Jimmy Butler with the Heat. Playing in his fourth year with the Trail Blazers, Harkless averaged 7.7 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 2.0 combined blocks/steals across 23.6 minutes per contest. He can play either forward spot and figures to be regularly involved off the bench behind superstars Kawhi Leonard and Paul George. Leonard proved last year that resting during the regular season is an effective strategy to remain healthy in the postseason, so it's highly likely he and/or Paul George take it easy in stretches this year. Harkless will be valuable to the Clippers in a rotational role, though this bench features two of the best sixth-men in the league in Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell, and offensive opportunities may be hard to come by for Harkless. He'll be useful as a streamer in daily formats if he lands in the starting five, but he doesn't need to be rostered in standard formats, playing on a loaded Clippers squad. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $42 million contract with the Trail Blazers in July of 2016. Traded to the Clippers in July of 2019. Traded to the Knicks in February of 2020.
Personal Bio

Maurice Jose Harkless was born in Queens, New York to Rosa Harkless in 1993. He was also raised by his grandmother, Barbara Harkless. He has two siblings: Shakima Harkless (sister) and Tyler Rodgers (brother). Maurice (who also goes by Moe) attended Forest Hills High School in Queens before transferring to South Kent in Connecticut prior to his senior season. He averaged 16.5 points and 11.5 rebounds in 2009-10 and was named the New York Daily News' Queens High School Player of the Year. During his senior season, Harkless averaged 27.2 points, 13.6 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 3.1 blocks and 1.6 steals per game at South Kent. He was named Most Valuable Player of the 2011 Kobe Bryant Classic in Philadelphia. Harkless has participated in multiple charitable activities. In 2012, he helped serve Thanksgiving breakfast at the Coalition for the Homeless. Harkless also participated in a fundraising event to raise money for the Children's Miracle Network in 2013. Learn more about Harkless by following him on Twitter and Instagram (@moe_harkless).

College/International Summary

Harkless was part of coach Steve Lavin's big 2011 recruiting class for St. John's. He joined D'Angelo Harrison, Phil Greene and Sir'Dominic Pointer on the Red Storm. The 6-foot-8 guard was a starter for all 32 games and provided 15.5 points, a team-leading 8.6 rebounds, 1.6 steals and 1.4 blocks. Harkless had 11 double-doubles, including 30 points and 13 rebounds in a loss at Duke. The guard had a career-high 32 points against Providence. He helped the Red Storm beat UCLA, DePaul and Notre Dame in February by averaging 15.3 points and 10.3 rebounds through that three-game stretch. St. John's was defeated by Pitt in the first round of the Big East Tournament, which ended Harkless' collegiate career. The Big East Freshman of the Year then declared for the 2012 NBA Draft, where he was chosen with the 15th overall pick by the Philadelphia 76ers.

Season-high 17 points in loss
FNew York Knicks
February 28, 2020
Harkless posted 17 points (6-9 FG, 5-7 3Pt, 0-2 FT), four rebounds and two assists across 26 minutes during Thursday's 115-106 loss to the 76ers.
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Harkless posted a season-high 17 through a season-high five threes, but it wasn't enough for the Knicks to secure a victory against the 76ers, who were without both Ben Simmons (back) and Joel Embiid (shoulder). Since being dealt to New York, Harkless is averaging 7.2 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 24.2 minutes.
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2019

Harkless began the 2019-20 season with the Los Angeles Clippers. He made 50 appearances with the team and averaged 5.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 1.0 steals across 22.8 minutes per game. He shot 51.6 percent from the field, 37.0 percent from three and 57.1 percent from the free-throw line. Arguably Harkless' best overall performance of the campaign occurred Jan. 2 during a home win over the Pistons. That night, across 25 minutes, he recorded 12 points (6-7 FG, 0-2 FT), nine rebounds, two assists, two blocks and one steal. On Feb. 6, Harkless was part of a complicated three-team trade that sent Harkless (and draft picks) to the New York Knicks and landed the Clippers Marcus Morris and Isaiah Thomas. He made 12 appearances with the Knicks and received a slight boost in playing time. With New York, Harkless averaged 6.8 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 23.8 minutes per contest. On Feb. 27, Harkless drained a season-high five three pointers and scored a season-best 17 points during a loss at Philadelphia. On Mar. 11, Harkless set a new single-game career high with six assists during a road win at Atlanta. His other single-game season highs stood at 14 rebounds, five threes, four steals and three blocks.

2018

In his fourth season in Portland, Harkless appeared in 60 contests. He established new career-bests in rebounds (4.5) and assists (1.2) per game. After coming off the bench in his first seven appearances, Harkless joined the starting five on Nov. 25. He went on to start the next 69 games in which he appeared, including the postseason. Following an early season knee injury that cost him 12 games, Harkless averaged 8.2 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.1 steals in the month of December. He hit his stride after the All-Star break, posting 13.0 points, 7.8 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.3 steals per game over a four-game stretch to end February. Harkless maintained the momentum as the regular season came to a close, registering eight double-digit scoring efforts over his final 13 games, including a season-high 26 points in an April 9 win over the Lakers. In the postseason, Harkless averaged 11.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.6 blocks in a five-game, first-round victory over the Thunder. He was less effective in Round 2 against Denver, but he started all seven games and contributed 5.6 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.1 steals in 20.4 minutes. In the Western Conference Finals, Harkless registered a pair of double-digit scoring efforts in Games 1 and 2 as Portland fell to Golden State in four games.

2017

Harkless took a step back in his second season with Portland as injuries limited him to 59 games. He started 37 of those contests, averaging 21.4 minutes per contest. Overall, Harkless posted per-game averages of 6.5 points, 2.7 rebounds and 0.9 assists. He shot a healthy 49.5 percent from the field and a career-best 71.2 percent from the free-throw line. He also converted 41.5 of his attempts from beyond the arc -- the best mark of his career. On Dec. 23, he set a season high with 22 points in a win over the Lakers. He tied his career high with six steals against Utah on Feb. 23, adding six points and three rebounds. In a win over the Thunder on March 25, he scored 16 points and swatted four shots, tying his career high. However, that contest was the last time Harkless played during the regular season as he underwent knee surgery in late March and missed Portland's final nine games. He returned for Game 2 of the team's opening-round playoff series against New Orleans, playing 27 minutes and contributing 11 points along with five rebounds. Harkless was able to play in Game 3 as well, totaling five points, three rebounds and four assists, but he sat out the final contest of the Pelicans' four-game sweep.

2016

Maurice Harkless carried over a strong showing in the 2015-16 playoffs to a starting role for the majority of the 2016-17 campaign. He played 77 games for Portland, setting career highs with 69 starts and 28.9 minutes per contest. Harkless blossomed in his new role, posting career best per-game marks in points (10.0), rebounds (4.4) and assists (1.1). He shot 50.3 percent from the field -- marking the first season in which he made at least half of his field-goal attempts -- and 35.1 percent from three-point range. The 6-foot-9 forward notched two double-doubles during the campaign. One of those games was a 19-point, 11-rebound performance in a win against the Pelicans on Nov. 25. Five days later, he tied a season high with 23 points against Indiana while making 3-of-6 shots from beyond the arc. On Dec. 13, he totaled five steals -- his most of the season -- while scoring 15 points in a win over Oklahoma City. Harkless remained a starter in Portland's first-round playoff series against Golden State. In four contests, he posted per-game averages of 7.2 points and 3.2 rebounds.

2015

Prior to the start of his fourth season, Harkless was traded to the Portland Trail Blazers. The forward spent most of the campaign in a reserve role before moving into the starting lineup for good in late March. The move to Portland revived Harkless' career as he set career highs with per-36 minutes averages of 12.3 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.7 assists. His 47.4 field-goal percentage and 62.2 free-throw percentage were also career bests. All told, Harkless played 78 games and averaged 6.4 points along with 3.6 rebounds in 18.7 minutes per contest. He blossomed as a starter, averaging 11.9 points and 6.6 rebounds in 14 games. On April 5, he tallied season highs with 20 points and 16 rebounds in a win over Sacramento. That performance was one of a career-best four double-doubles Harkless registered on the season. In the postseason, Harkless started all 11 of Portland's contests as he got his first taste of NBA playoff action. Though the Trail Blazers were eliminated in the Western Conference Semifinals, Harkless played well, posting per-game averages of 11.0 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.4 three-pointers.

2014

Harkless played in only 45 games during his third season with the Magic. He averaged a career-low 15.0 minutes per contest. Though mostly healthy, his place in the rotation was impacted by the strong play of other young players on Orlando's roster. Harkless averaged 3.5 points, 2.4 rebounds and 0.6 assists during the campaign. He shot 39.9 percent from the field and 53.7 percent from the charity stripe. Though his playing time was reduced, his per-36 minute rate of 1.7 steals was consistent with the marks he posted his previous two seasons. Harkless received a spot start on March 18 against Dallas and played well, totaling a season-high 18 points along with six rebounds and four steals. That performance came on the heels of another strong game 10 days earlier in which he scored 14 points and grabbed seven rebounds in a win over Boston. Harkless had one other game in which he scored double-digit points during the campaign. In a win over Minnesota on Nov. 7, he scored 11 points and grabbed four rebounds off the bench.

2013

In his second season, Harkless played in 80 contests, making 41 starts for the Orlando Magic. Though his playing time dipped slightly to 24.4 minutes per game, he remained a key part of Orlando's rotation. Harkless averaged 7.4 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.0 assists in his sophomore campaign. He increased his field-goal percentage to a 46.4 percent mark while his free-throw rate jumped to 59.4%. The forward's most dramatic improvement was from beyond the arc. He totaled 59 three-pointers in 2013-14, 27 more than in his rookie season. Harkless made 38.3 percent of his attempts from deep, an improvement of over 10 percent. Defensively, Harkless contributed 1.2 steals per contest, matching his mark from the previous season. He tallied a season-high five steals against Houston on March 5, adding 15 points. Harkless twice scored 22 points during the campaign, drilling a pair of three-pointers in each contest. He had one double-double during the regular season -- a 12-point, 10-rebound performance against San Antonio on March 8.

2012

Harkless was selected with the 15th pick in the 2012 NBA Draft by the Philadelphia 76ers. His tenure with Philadelphia was short-lived as Harkless was traded to Orlando as part of a 12-player deal in August. The 6-foot-9 forward quickly became a key part of the Magic's lineup, playing 76 games -- 59 as a starter -- and logging 26 minutes per game. Harkless posted per-game averages of 8.2 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.2 steals in his first season. He scored a season-high 28 points against Houston on April 1, making 10 of 18 field-goal attempts. On Feb. 2, he scored 19 points and grabbed a season-high 14 rebounds to register the first double-double of his career.

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Transaction History
  • June 28, 2012
    Drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers in the 1st round (15th pick) of the 2012 NBA Draft.
  • August 10, 2012
    As part of a four-team trade, traded by the Philadelphia 76ers with Nikola Vucevic and a 2018 1st-round draft pick (Landry Shamet was later selected) to the Orlando Magic. The Denver Nuggets traded Arron Afflalo, Al Harrington, a 2013 2nd-round draft pick (Romero Osby was later selected) and a 2014 1st-round draft pick (Dario Saric was later selected) to the Orlando Magic; the Los Angeles Lakers traded Christian Eyenga, Josh McRoberts and a 2017 2nd-round draft pick (Wesley Iwundu was later selected) to the Orlando Magic; the Los Angeles Lakers traded Andrew Bynum to the Philadelphia 76ers; the Orlando Magic traded Earl Clark, Chris Duhon and Dwight Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers; the Orlando Magic traded Jason Richardson to the Philadelphia 76ers; and the Philadelphia 76ers traded Andre Iguodala to the Denver Nuggets.
  • July 14, 2015
    Traded by the Orlando Magic to the Portland Trail Blazers for a top-55 protected 2020 2nd-round draft pick.
  • July 28, 2016
    Signed a four-year contract with the Portland Trail Blazers.
  • July 6, 2019
    As part of a four-team trade, traded by the Portland Trail Blazers to the Los Angeles Clippers. The Los Angeles Clippers traded cash to the Miami Heat; the Miami Heat traded a 2023 1st-round draft pick to the Los Angeles Clippers; the Miami Heat traded Josh Richardson to the Philadelphia 76ers; the Miami Heat traded Hassan Whiteside to the Portland Trail Blazers; the Philadelphia 76ers traded Mathias Lessort to the Los Angeles Clippers; the Philadelphia 76ers traded Jimmy Butler to the Miami Heat; and the Portland Trail Blazers traded Meyers Leonard to the Miami Heat.
  • February 6, 2020
    As part of a 3-team trade, traded by the Los Angeles Clippers with draft consideration to the New York Knicks in exchange for Marcus Morris
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Harkless is set to battle Evan Turner for the starting small forward role as he enters his seventh season. The veteran seemed to be on the verge of a breakout after averaging or equaling career bests in scoring (10.0), rebounds (4.4) and assists (1.1), while also draining a career-high 50.3 percent of his 8.1 attempts per contest. Each of those figures took a hit to some degree last season while he battled knee problems that limited him to 59 games. That was also the culprit for his inability to play in Game 4 of the quarterfinal round versus the Pelicans, but Harkless reportedly enters the new season healthy. While he’s shown the ability to contribute the occasional double-digit scoring effort, Harkless likely is what he is at this point in his career – a serviceable all-around player who’s capable of offering solid supplemental offensive production through an above-average shot. His ability to fill in at power forward should also continue to afford him an appreciable allotment of minutes even if he doesn't emerge as a starter at the three.
Harkless finally gained some traction during the 2016-17 campaign, starting 69 of the 77 games he took part in. He split time between both forward spots and that versatility allowed him to average 28.9 minutes per game, which was a huge increase from the 18.7 he averaged a year prior. The bump in playing time ultimately allowed Harkless to post career highs of 10.0 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.1 assists, while also chipping in as a solid defender with 1.1 steals per game. The improvement with his shot was especially encouraging, as he jumped from 47.4 percent from the field and 27.9 percent from the three-point line, to 50.3 percent and 35.1 percent, respectively. That growth as a floor-spacing big man currently has Harkless sitting as a favorite to open the season as the team's starting power forward, although that could certainly change depending on how training camp plays out. Guys like Al-Farouq Aminu and Noah Vonleh saw brief stints as a starter last season and rookie Caleb Swanigan looked very impressive during summer league as well, which could threaten some of Harkless' workload at power forward. Still, Harkless' ability to play both forward spots likely means a similar role for the upcoming campaign.
Once one of the promising young wings in the NBA, Harkless fell out of favor with coach Jacque Vaughn and interim boss James Borrego last season, garnering 27 DNP-CDs and 10 more contests on the Magic's inactive list. In his 45 outings, Harkless surpassed 20 minutes of run on just 10 occasions, as veterans like Channing Frye, Willie Green, and Ben Gordon were tabbed when the young core was afflicted by injury. Consequently, Harkless' output tumbled – 3.5 points (on 40 percent shooting), 2.4 rebounds, 0.7 steals, and 0.6 assists in 15 minutes per game – but the 22-year-old has been afforded an opportunity to rebound after July's trade to the Blazers. Bereft of a talent like Nicolas Batum, who was shipped to Charlotte this summer, small forward is open for business in Portland. General manager Neil Olshey expects Al-Farouq Aminu to occupy Batum's former spot in the starting five, but he also believes that Harkless can prosper within the organization's player development system. Nevertheless, until Harkless flashes a semblance of his potential, he's a difficult prospect to trust.
Maurice Harkless is entering his third season in the NBA. During his sophomore campaign, Harkless averaged 7.4 points, 3.3 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 1.2 steals, and 0.6 blocks in 24 minutes per game through 80 games played. He shot 46 percent from the field on 6.0 attempts per game and 59 percent from the free-throw line on 1.8 attempts per game. Harkless improved to become an above-average three-point shooter last season, converting 38 percent of his shots from beyond the arc. He finished 34th in total steals (97). Sadly, it was his second consecutive season shooting less than 60 percent from the free-throw line, and even though half his shot attempts were in the restricted area, Harkless fell four percent shy (56 percent) of the league average in that zone. The addition of Channing Frye at power forward creates a position battle at starting small forward between Harkless and Tobias Harris. With Harkless possessing two traits his counterpart lacks - quality perimeter defense and outside shooting - coach Jacque Vaughn may anoint the St. John's alumnus the Opening Night starter at small forward.
Prospective owners see upside when they look at Harkless. He had a stretch in mid-March during his rookie season where he averaged 16.2 points, 6.8 rebounds, 3.8 steals and 1.4 three-pointers per game over a five-game span. Of course, he averaged better than 37 minutes per game over that stretch, but it represented a quick glimpse of his potential. Over the course of the whole season, his 1.2 steals and 0.8 blocks in 26 minutes per game are the only numbers that really stand out, but he will also be just 20 years old for the entirety of the 2013-14 regular season. He should start the season as the Magic's starting small forward, and if he plays relatively well, playing time shouldn't be a big issue. The Magic are rebuilding, and Harkless is one of the pieces that is part of the long-term plan, so he will be allowed some growing pains. He makes for a nice high-upside play at the end of standard league drafts and is worth targeting in dynasty formats earlier than that.
Harkless was a key piece in the Howard trade, and clearly the organization has high hopes for the former Johnnie. Harkless is a solid 6’9 with good athleticism, but is still incredibly raw with only 32 games of college experience. His absence until mid-November will delay his development, and he needs to improve his outside shooting. Orlando expects him to be a contributor off the bench.
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Joins starting lineup
FNew York Knicks
February 24, 2020
Harkless is starting Monday against the Rockets, Chris Iseman of The Bergen Record reports.
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Will remain with Knicks
FNew York Knicks
February 21, 2020
Harkless has decided to remain with the Knicks rather than seek a buyout, Ian Begley of SportsNet New York reports.
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Quiet in 25 minutes
FNew York Knicks
February 12, 2020
Harkless had four points (2-7 FG, 0-3 3Pt), five rebounds, two assists and one steal in 25 minutes during Wednesday's 114-96 loss to the Wizards.
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Available to play
FNew York Knicks
February 12, 2020
Harkless (illness) is listed as available for Wednesday's game against Washington.
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Probable Wednesday
FNew York Knicks
Illness
February 11, 2020
Harkless (illness) is now listed as probable for Wednesday's game against the Wizards.
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