Moe Harkless SF ORL 2 Months

Maurice Harkless will not play with Puerto Rico in the FIBA World Cup of Basketball this summer.

Harkless had been set to suit up for Team Puerto Rico, but has decided to concentrate on preparing for the 2014-15 season instead. "He wants to focus on the Magic and getting ready for his most important season to date," Harkless' agent Happy Walters said. Harkless only averaged 7.4 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 24.4 minutes per game during the 2013-14 season, so his fantasy value is limited to the deepest of fantasy leagues at this point.

Moe Harkless SF ORL 5 Months

Moe Harkless got 38 minutes and had 14 points, five rebounds, two steals and a block in Wednesday's loss to the Pacers.

Tobias Harris played just 10 minutes and had six points and one rebound, while Victor Oladipo played just 17 minutes and scored four points. We thought they'd give Oladipo more run in the final game of his rookie season, but the Magic were allocating minutes as if they were resting guys for the playoffs. Which couldn't be further from reality.

Moe Harkless SF ORL 6 Months

Maurice Harkless scored 14 points in 37 minutes vs. the Raptors on Sunday, marking his first double-digit performance in the past four games.

He knocked down 6-of-9 shots with one 3-pointer, while adding three rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block. Harkless has emerged as a sneaky mid-round value over the past month, averaging 9.2 points, 1.0 threes, 4.5 rebounds, 1.9 steals and 1.1 blocks per game. Paul Millsap and Wes Johnson are the only guys averaging at least one 3-pointer, steal and block on the season, which is worth remembering on draft day next season.

Moe Harkless SF ORL 6 Months

Moe Harkless played only 25 minutes vs. the Blazers on Tuesday, his lowest playing time in over a month.

He scored five points and is now averaging just 4.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists over Orlando's past two games, though he has also stolen the ball 2.5 times per contest. Fantasy owners should look elsewhere for reliable production in light of Harkless' dwindling playing time, Tobias Harris' solid play off the bench, and Orlando's lack of four-game weeks on the schedule.

Moe Harkless SF ORL 6 Months

Moe Harkless scored 15 points with four boards, one assist, two steals, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes.

The loss of Jameer Nelson opens up a lot of minutes for several guys and Harkless is one of them. He played 32 on Wednesday, but the big surprise is Harkless shooting 7-of-13 from the field. He didn't attempt more than six shots in any of his previous four games and this game should probably come with a grain of salt for the way Utah gives up big lines to small forwards. That said, he's on the radar in standard leagues.

Moe Harkless SF ORL 6 Months

Moe Harkless logged 31 minutes in the Magic's 105-101 loss to the Wizards on Friday, scoring six points on 3-of-5 shooting with seven rebounds, four assists, three steals and one block.

Harkless could go away with the team back to full strength but it also makes a lot of sense that his role is locked in the rest of the year for developmental reasons. He's returning mid-to-late round value (9/8 cat) over the last four games despite hitting just 37.1 percent of his shots, buoyed by averages of 1.0 threes, 1.8 steals and 1.0 blocks. We're calling off the cut recommendation in 12-team leagues at this time.

Moe Harkless SF ORL 6 Months

Moe Harkless recived 29 minutes of action in the starting lineup on Wednesday, scoring just two points with one board, two blocks and two turnovers.

The Magic put Victor Oladipo back in his usual role tonight and it cost Harkless a lot of touches tonight. Due to Arron Afflalo and Oladipo missing time, Harkless was solid over his previous seven with averages of 11.4 points, 4.3 boards, 1.9 steals, 1.3 blocks and 1.6 triples on 10.6 shots per game. He's a candidate to be cut in several formats.

Moe Harkless SF ORL 6 Months

Moe Harkless scored 14 points on 5-of-10 shooting (including three treys) with four rebounds and two steals over 34 minutes in Monday's loss to the Bucks.

Victor Oladipo played just 19 minutes in his return from an ankle injury and once he gets maxed out then Harkless will probably see a decline in minutes, but at the same time if the Magic turn the page on Jameer Nelson then it's possible he holds usable value the rest of the way. Either way, owners should ride Harkless until the wheels fall off and hope for clarity on Nelson as a shutdown candidate sooner rather than later.

Moe Harkless SF ORL 6 Months

Moe Harkless stayed in the starting lineup on Saturday, hitting 4-of-14 shots for 12 points, 10 rebounds, two steals, a block and a 3-pointer in a loss to the Spurs.

With Victor Oladipo out, Harkless has been able to stick in the starting five, but it appears he will head back to the bench at some point. But until it happens, he's worth a look in all leagues, despite his poor shooting tonight.

Moe Harkless SF ORL 7 Months

Coach Jacque Vaughn lauded Maurice Harkless' physicality of late.

Harkless is a 6'9/220 athlete with unique skills. He's still just 20 years old, but is showing signs of putting it together. Over the last five games, he's averaging 14.8 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.8 steals per night. "He's approaching the game more physical, and as his body grows and he gets stronger, he'll want to do that," Vaughn said. Harkless will be a nice fantasy option if Victor Oladipo and Jameer Nelson are both out again on Saturday. They're both questionable.