Maurice Harkless

Maurice Harkless

29-Year-Old ForwardF
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2022 Fantasy Outlook
The Kings traded Harkless to the Hawks as part of the Kevin Huerter deal, and he was later dealt to Oklahoma City. Given that he doesn't fit the team's rebuilding timeline, Harkless could see limited minutes until traded again or bought out, assuming he even steps on the floor for the Thunder. Regardless of where he ends up playing, it's unlikely he'll be fantasy relevant. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $8.91 million contract with the Kings in August of 2021. Traded to the Hawks in July of 2022. Traded to the Thunder in September of 2022. Traded to the Rockets in September of 2022. Waived by the Rockets in October of 2022.
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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). 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.

Waived by Houston
FFree Agent
October 11, 2022
Houston waived Harkless on Tuesday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
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Harkless was dealt three times this offseason and now finds himself a free agent just a week before the 2022-23 campaign. The 10-year veteran should draw plenty of interest from contending teams around the league, but he may wait to sign a deal to see how the beginning of the season plays out. The 2012 first-round pick has played at least 15.0 minutes a game for six different teams during his career and is mainly known for his defensive prowess.
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May stick in New York
FNew York Knicks
March 29, 2020
Harkless could remain with the Knicks, as he impressed the team after he was acquired at the trade deadline, Marc Berman of the New York Post reports.
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Harkless was acquired in the deal that sent Marcus Morris to the Clippers, and was originally included only to match salaries. However, he has expressed an interest in remaining a Knick and also impressed the team with his defensive versatility. He is limited on offense -- in 12 games with the Knicks he averaged 6.8 points and shot 45 percent from the field -- but may find a long-term home with the team as a role player.
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Harkless spent last season between the Heat and Kings, being dealt to Sacramento in March of 2021. He saw 24.9 minutes per game with the Kings and started 20 of his 24 appearances, with the veteran averaging 6.9 points, 2.9 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.1 steals. He should continue to see minutes in the low-to-mid-20s as a 3-and-D option at forward. Given his low usage rate, Harkless isn't fantasy relevant unless he sees 30 minutes, so he can ultimately be ignored in the vast majority of fantasy formats.
Harkless started the 2019-20 season with the Clippers before getting dealt to the Knicks. All-in-all, he averaged 5.8 points, 3.9 rebounds, 0.9 steals and 0.5 triples across 23.0 minutes between both teams. He hasn't been a relevant fantasy player over the past three seasons, and that likely won't change now that he's in South Florida. Miami has no shortage of reserve options on the wing, including Kelly Olynyk, Andre Iguodala, Tyler Herro and Avery Bradley.
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.
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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Headed to Houston
FHouston Rockets
September 29, 2022
Harkless -- along with Derrick Favors, Ty Jerome, Theo Maledon and a 2025 second-round pick -- was traded from the Thunder to the Rockets on Thursday in exchange for David Nwaba, Sterling Brown, Trey Burke and Marquese Chriss, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
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Dealt to Oklahoma City
FOklahoma City Thunder
September 27, 2022
Harkless -- along with a second-round pick -- was traded to the Thunder from the Hawks in exchange for Vit Krejci (knee) on Tuesday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
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Dealt to Atlanta
FAtlanta Hawks
July 1, 2022
Harkless -- along with Justin Holiday and a future first-round pick -- was dealt from the Kings to the Hawks on Friday for Kevin Huerter, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
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Available Saturday
FSacramento Kings
March 12, 2022
Harkless (ankle) will be available to play against Utah on Saturday, James Ham of ESPN 1320 Sacramento reports.
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Questionable Saturday
FSacramento Kings
Ankle
March 11, 2022
Harkless (ankle) is questionable for Saturday's game against the Jazz.
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