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Knicks not discussing buyout with Maurice Harkless despite interest from contenders

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Forward Maurice Harkless has not discussed a buyout with the New York Knicks. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Harkless will finish his season with the Knicks, despite having interest from contending teams.

The former St. John’s star had been a candidate for a buyout after getting traded to the Knicks. However, Harkless has expressed that he plans to stay with the Knicks for the rest of the year.

“I’m not thinking about any buyout. All I’m thinking about today is just making the most of it.” Harkless said. “I’ll be here for the rest of the year. It is definitely an adjustment with the way things are. Everything is different, the culture and everything.”

In 55 games this season, Harkless has averaged 7.2 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 1.4 assists. The 26-year-old is also shooting a career-high 54 percent from the field and 50 percent from three-point range.

Harkless played a vital role for a championship-contending team in the Los Angeles Clippers. However, the Clippers ultimately decided to trade him away in a three-team trade for Marcus Morris.

Nonetheless, Harkless now has a chance to play for his hometown team the Knicks, although they’re loitering at the bottom of the NBA Standings. The Knicks are currently 14th seed in the Eastern Conference with a record of 17-42. In 5 games with the Knicks, Harkless has played exceptionally well averaging 7.2 points, to go along with 3.4 rebounds and 1.2 assists.

The 6’7 swingman is currently on the final year of his four-year, $42 million contract and will become a free agent this offseason.