Heat Sign Maurice Harkless To One-Year Deal

NOVEMBER 23: The Heat have officially signed Harkless to his new deal, the team confirmed in a press release.

“We have always liked what Moe Harkless brings to a team,” Heat president Pat Riley said in a statement. “We like his experience in knowing the role he will play for us real well. Moe can guard multiple positions, play above the rim, great shot blocker for his position and most importantly for our offense, space the floor with his three-point shooting. He is a player with great character and toughness.”

NOVEMBER 21: The Heat have reached an agreement to sign Maurice Harkless to a one-year contract worth $3.6MM, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski (via Twitter).

As Wojnarowski explains (via Twitter), Harkless passed up on more lucrative offers for an opportunity to play a regular role for the defending Eastern champions and intends to re-enter the market in 2021 when more league-wide cap room is available.

Harkless, 27, began the 2019/20 season with the Clippers and was a regular starter during his first 50 games in Los Angeles. He was traded to the Knicks in a deadline deal.

In 62 overall games, Harkless averaged 5.8 PPG and 3.9 RPG on .502/.347/.591 in 23.0 minutes per contest. He’s considered a solid perimeter defender, though his three-point shot comes and goes — he has a career rate of just 32.5% from beyond the arc.

Miami will likely slide Harkless into the rotation role vacated by Derrick Jones, who has agreed to sign with Portland.

The Heat intend to use the bi-annual exception (worth $3.623MM) to sign Harkless, tweets Tim Reynolds of The Associated Press. That would hard-cap Miami for the season at $138.93MM. The one-year commitment will allow the franchise to retain its cap flexibility for 2021.

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6 thoughts on “Heat Sign Maurice Harkless To One-Year Deal

  1. bdpecore

    This is a good pick up by the Heat. I was hoping the Bucks signed him with the loss of Matthews

  2. stretch123

    This makes me think Crowder headed elsewhere. If I’m Heat, I throw the MLE at Ibaka and if not, see if Carmelo willing to come to Miami on the vet minimum. He would be awesome for 20-25 minutes a game off the bench.

    • MarlinsFanBase

      Ibaka can fit here. Carmelo would not unless he changes a lot of who he is. Everyone has to accept the Heat Culture. Carmelo has never been the type that looks like a fit.

  3. MarlinsFanBase

    Another good Heat pickup. Next season, hopefully the big fish is hooked.

  4. formerlyz

    Was on my list for the Heat, which is great, but losing Derrick Jones and Crowder means the Heat still need someone at the 3/4. At least Harkless fills a big need at the 4

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