The Portland Trail Blazers signed small forward Maurice Harkless to a four-year extension. According to Marc Stein of ESPN, the deal is worth up to $42 million in total, with incentives.
Harkless, was acquired by the Blazers prior to the 2015-2016 season that sent 55th protected pick in 2020 draft to the Orlando Magic. Harkless played decent off the bench averaging 6.4 points and 3.6 rebounds per game. Those aren’t eye popping numbers by any stretch of the imagination but he showed he could be a productive member of the team. During April and the first round of the playoffs against the Los Angeles Clippers, he averaged 12.2 points and 6.3 rebounds a game and was big factor in the series win.
Harkless like Allen Crabbe was a big part of the Blazers last season and was rewarded handsomely for it. There roles will probably will not change and continue to do work off the bench but they should see a huge increase in minutes this upcoming season.
Blazers general manager Neil Olshey seems very committed to keeping the young talent around. I think they are one very good veteran piece away from being a fringe playoff to team to a force to be reckoned with in Western Conference this season.
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