Report: Heat sign F Harkless to 1-year deal

Report: Heat sign F Harkless to 1-year deal

The Miami Heat have agreed to a one-year, $3.6 million deal with veteran forward Maurice Harkless, according to an ESPN report Saturday morning.

Harkless, 27, turned down offers for more money because he wanted to play for a contender, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported. The Heat are defending Eastern Conference champions, and Harkless joins a roster that includes Jimmy Butler, Bam Adebayo, Kendrick Nunn, Tyler Herro and others.

In 2019-20, Harkless averaged 5.8 points and 3.9 rebounds in 62 games (48 starts) with the Los Angeles Clippers and New York Knicks. He was shipped to New York on Feb. 6 as part of a three-team deal that sent Marcus Morris to the Clippers.

In 537 career games (324 starts), Harkless has averaged 7.2 points and 3.7 rebounds. He spent his first three seasons with the Orlando Magic and his next four seasons with the Portland Trail Blazers before splitting last season between the Clippers and Knicks.

Harkless also has appeared in 33 playoff games, starting all but one and averaging 9.1 points and 4.7 boards.

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