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Maurice Harkless set to join Heat on one-year deal

Maurice Harkless Heat

The Miami Heat are looking to add role players that could help them return to the NBA Finals and they added one on Saturday. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Heat have agreed to terms with Maurice Harkless on a one-year deal.

The one-year deal for Harkless is for a total of $3.6 million, giving him a chance to enter free agency again in 2021. Besides the chance to enter free agency next year, Harkless turned down more lucrative offers to join a contending Heat team, per Wojnarowski.

Throughout his career in the NBA, Harkless has bounced around to a few teams. The St. John’s product was the 15th overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft by the Orlando Magic, having decent expectations coming into the league.

However, Harkless would fail to translate his game with the Magic, averaging just 6.8 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 1.1 steals per game in his three seasons in Orlando. He would then be traded to the Portland Trailblazers in 2015 for a second-round pick.

Following his trade to Portland, Harkless would spend four seasons with the Trailblazers, carving out a role as a bench wing player. From 2015-2019, Harkless notched 12 points, six rebounds, 1.4 steals, and 1.1 blocks per game with Portland.

But in the past two seasons, Maurice Harkless has spent time with the Trailblazers, Los Angeles Clippers, and New York Knicks. After ending last season with the Knicks, Harkless now gets to play for a contending team in the Eastern Conference. The Heat likely added Harkless to give them some depth at shooting guard and small forward.