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Moe Harkless hasn’t thought about possible buyout with Knicks

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The New York Knicks acquired Moe Harkless from the Los Angeles Clippers in the Marcus Morris trade just before the trade deadline.

Harkless went from being on a title contender to playing for a lottery team. It’s quite the change of scenery for the small forward.

However, Harkless is actually living a childhood dream. He’s a Queens native.

So it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to hear that Harkless hasn’t thought about getting a buyout with the Knicks:

“Being a Knicks fan growing up and now being here is kind of crazy,’’ Harkless said, via Marc Berman of The New York Post.

Nevertheless, a report had Harkless considering asking for a a buyout later this month

“I haven’t put any thought into it,” he said. “I’ve been hearing about it but it’s not my thought when I got traded here. I’m just in the moment.’’

Harkless played in 50 games for the Clippers this season. He averaged 5.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 1.0 assists while shooting 51.6 percent from the field, 37.0 percent from beyond the arc and 57.1 percent from the free-throw line.

The Knicks are 17-37 on the season. They are in 13th place in the Eastern Conference standings. With Harkless’ skills better suited to a contender because of his defense and occasional scoring (particularly shooting from the outside), the rebuilding Knicks have no use for the roleplayer and are better suited developing younger players with higher ceilings.

Harkless is making $11,011,236 this season, the final year of his contract. He has career NBA averages of 7.2 points, 3.7 rebounds and 0.9 assists.