Moe Harkless SF POR 3 weeks ago

Harkless was traded to Portland on Sunday for a future second-round pick, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports reports.

The Magic took a hammer to Harkless' playing time in the 2014-15 season, going from around 25 minutes per game in his first two years to just 15.0 per game. The move should be good for Harkless in the final year of his rookie contract, likely backing up the also-newly acquired Al-Farouq Aminu and seeing an increase in use from last season.

Moe Harkless SF POR 2 months ago

Harkless has been working on his offense repertoire at IMG Academy, Basketball Insiders reports. "[My trainer and I] are focusing a lot on my shot, and also doing a lot of work around the basket with different ways to score like floaters, layups and finishing through contact," admitted Harkless.

Harkless has also been studying film on the Grizzlies' Jeff Green and the Rockets' Trevor Ariza to help add moves to his arsenal. With coach Scott Skiles, a defensive juggernaut, in charge, Harkless could garner meaningful minutes entering the final year of his rookie contract.

Moe Harkless SF POR 3 months ago

Harkless found himself in the doghouse, competing in 45 games after playing 80 games the season prior. He supplied 3.5 points, 2.4 rebounds, 0.7 steals, and 0.6 assists in 15.0 minutes per game.

Harkless underwent a precipitous decline in statistical production, largely due to lack of playing time and 27 DNP-CDs, sitting an additional 10 games on the inactive list. Even on a per possession basis, Harkless was unable to match his career marks. Largely an afterthought for both Jacque Vaughn and James Borrego, Harkless enters his fourth season younger than all but two players on the current roster. At 21 years old, the Magic can offer him an extension this offseason or wait until next year to extend a qualifying offer. Sadly, he'll likely be buried on the depth chart behind the plethora of young talent engulfing the Magic's roster.

Moe Harkless SF POR 4 months ago

Harkless will not start Wednesday against the Hawks, Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel reports.

Harkless made three starts in place of Tobias Harris (ankle), but with Harris now healthy, Harkless will return to his usual bench role. While Harkless put up 18 points and six rebounds against the Mavs last week, he did it in 36 minutes and is unlikely to approach that minutes total when the Magic are at full strength.

Moe Harkless SF POR 4 months ago

Harkless scored a season-high 18 points (8-15 FG, 2-5 3Pt) to go along with six rebounds, four steals, and one assist in a season-high 36 minutes Wednesday against the Mavericks.

The Magic were down to 10 healthy players, chiefly Tobias Harris (ankle). While it was a nice performance, the Magic only play four times until April, fewest of all teams. Harkless will continue to have ample opportunity to play while Harris rests, but the schedule will restrict his stat accumulation.

Moe Harkless SF POR 4 months ago

Harkless will start Wednesday's contest in Dallas, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

With both Tobias Harris (ankle) and Evan Fournier (hip) on the pine, Harkless will slot into the starting lineup for the second time this season. In his sole nod on Nov. 24 against the Cavaliers, Harkless posted two points (1-7 FG, 0-3 3Pt), four assists, and two rebounds in 27 minutes.

Moe Harkless SF POR 5 months ago

Harkless scored just two points (1-6 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 0-2 FT) with four rebounds and two assists in 16 minutes against the Pacers on Tuesday.

Harkless had his best game of the season Sunday against Boston, but was unable to follow up with anything useful for fantasy owners. His playing time is too sporadic to predict, so until he carves out an obvious role, or has a clear path to minutes after a few injuries, it's probably better to stay away from Harkless.

Moe Harkless SF POR 5 months ago

Harkless started the second half over a healthy Channing Frye in Sunday's game against the Celtics. He provided season-highs of 14 points, seven rebounds, three steals, and two three-pointers to go alongside three assists and one block in a season-high 30 minutes.

Harkless was a healthy DNP-CD the previous game on a team with only 10 healthy players. This season, Harkless has recorded more DNP-CDs, 33, than games played, 31. His role moving forward is cloudy, but until Willie Green (Achilles) and Evan Fournier (hip) return, Harkless will have the opportunity to play. His defensive aptitude, when he actually cares, fits the mold of coach James Borrego's philosophy. We'll have to wait until Tuesday to see if Harkless has finally carved out a meaningful role on the shorthanded Magic.

Moe Harkless SF POR 6 months ago

Harkless played 24 minutes in Saturday's game after five consecutive DNP-CDs.

Victor Oladipo (Achilles) and Kyle O'Quinn (personal) didn't play, and Tobias Harris picked up two early fouls, thrusting Harkless into the lineup. It's his first time since November 26th playing at least 20 minutes. Since coach Vaughn is cycling players off the active roster, and Harkless has been one of those casualties, it's better to wait for a repeat performance before speculatively adding him in deep leagues.

Moe Harkless SF POR 6 months ago

Harkless will not be active for Monday's game against the GrizzliesEvan Dunlap of the Orlando Pinstriped Post reports.

Harkless will sit for the fourth straight game as he appears to have completely fallen out of coach Jacque Vaughn's rotation.