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Report: Blazers sign Harkless to a 4-year, $40 million-plus deal

A year after losing four of their five starters, the Portland Trail Blazers have shown faith in their young core by keeping last season’s squad intact.

They reached a new deal with Meyers Leonard, re-signed Allen Crabbe, and extended breakout star C.J. McCollum. And now, they’ve secured Moe Harkless for the next four years.

As reported by Shams Charania, Harkless, who was a restricted free agent, has agreed to a four-year contract with the Blazers worth over $40 million. Charania added that the contract has no options, it’s fully guaranteed, and if every incentive listed is met, Harkless could make up to $42 million.

The 23-year old came over to Portland from Orlando in a three way trade in 2015. This past season he averaged 6.4 points and 2.3 rebounds in 18.7 minutes per outing. He started 14 of the 78 regular season games he played before starting in all 11 of Portland’s playoff games. There, he averaged 11 points and 5.1 rebounds while helping the Blazers reach the second round.

Harkless struggled to shoot from the outside but his ability to slash to the basket and to defend players at multiple positions has proved valuable for Portland. With the addition of Evan Turner at small forward, he’ll probably come off the bench at the start of this coming season.

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