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REPORT: Lakers may be interested in Moe Harkless if he gets buyout from Knicks

The Los Angeles Lakers may reportedly be interested in signing forward Moe Harkless if he gets a buyout from the New York Knicks, according to Sam Amick of The Athletic.

The Knicks acquired Harkless from the Los Angeles Clippers in the Marcus Morris deal.

Moe Harkless played in 50 games for the Clippers this season. He averaged 5.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.0 assist 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 17-38 on the season and are in 13th place in the Eastern Conference standings. With Harkless’ skills better suited for a contender like the Lakers because of his defense and occasional scoring (particularly shooting from the outside), the rebuilding New York franchise has no use for Moe.

Harkless is making $11 million this season, the final year of his contract. He has career NBA averages of 7.2 points and 3.7 rebounds per game.

The Lakers missed out on point guard Reggie Jackson, who is signing with the Clippers. They also watched the Miami Heat snag former Finals MVP Andre Iguodala.

Harkless isn’t a household name, but he would be a perfect fit on the Lakers’ bench. We’ll see if the Knicks help LA by buying out the 26-year-old forward. It has to be done before March 1 for Harkless to be eligible for playoff action.