Moe Harkless Getting Knicks Buyout, Signing With Lakers?
Is Moe Harkless getting a Knicks buyout and then signing with the Lakers?
This past Wednesday, Harkless acknowledged that he had not yet broached the topic of a potential buyout with New York.
The veteran forward came over to the Knicks just before the NBA trade deadline in trade for Marcus Morris.
Despite talks not having taken place yet between his representatives and Knicks brass, Harkless did note that such conversations may take place at some point.
Harkless also expressed a desire to play for a contender eventually, and obviously New York is not that.
Moreover, the Knicks have a ton of wing depth already – so the skills that Harkless brings to the table are a bit wasted on this team.
Harkless has played in just one outing for his new team to date. On the season, he is averaging 5.5 points and 4 rebounds through 50 outings thus far.
Moe Harkless says he hasn’t initiated any talks with the Knicks about taking a buyout before the end of the month. He says he and his agent might talk about it at some point and weigh whether he wants to play for a contender. The Knicks traded for him in the Marcus Morris deal.
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The 26-year-old ultimately started in 38 games for the Los Angeles Clippers before getting dealt.
As a good defender, Harkless would make for a great addition to the Lakers roster.
Rob Pelinka has whiffed on multiple potential upgrades to date, but Harkless is a very gettable piece.
Although he obviously would not address the team’s need for a ballhandler to alleviate some of the offensive pressure constantly on LeBron James, Harkless’ length would be good against Kawhi Leonard in a potential playoff series against the Clippers.
A final decision on Harkless’ future will likely come in the next few weeks.