Maurice Harkless is the last Portland restricted free agent yet to re-join the Blazers. But he's in no rush to make a decision and is also considering taking Portland's qualifying offer, per Jason Quick of CSNNW.
Agent for Maurice Harkless says they are in "no rush" on contract, but should have resolution in next couple days. Taking 1-year QO in play— Jason Quick (@jwquick) July 10, 2016
According to Mike Richman of the Oregonian, Harkless was offered a one-year $4.04 million qualifying offer prior to free agency. If Harkless takes the qualifying offer, he will be an unrestricted free agent in 2017. However, if Harkless was to sign a new deal as a restricted free agent, it would need to stay under an estimated $9 million-a-year mark in order for the Blazers to remain under the luxury tax threshold. No exact figures can be confirmed without more contractual details.
Harkless, who was acquired from Orlando for a top-55-protected draft pick, is looking for a payday after a strong second half of the 2015-16 season. He recorded averages of 6.4 points and 3.6 rebounds, but his production increased when head coach Terry Stotts made him a mainstay in the Trail Blazers' rotation. He started alongside Al-Farouq Aminu in the frontcourt during the NBA Playoffs.
Picked at No. 15 in the 2012 draft, Harkless earned just under $3 million last season.