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Tjarks: Moe Harkless “Miscast”, Needs New Start

Harkless has faced dwindling minutes and touches in Portland. Could Dallas become his salvation?

NBA: Portland Trail Blazers at Washington Wizards Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

The Portland Trail Blazers carry three players whose contracts draw sighs and ire when compared to their production: Evan Turner, Meyers Leonard, and Maurice Harkless. Though Blazers fans dream of off-loading the salaries of Turner and Leonard, the only name among the three getting traction at the 2018 NBA Trade Deadline is Harkless. Jonathan Tjarks of The Ringer lists Harkless among seven “miscast” players, suggesting that a change of venue would be good not just for him, but for the team that might receive him.

With the Blazers strapped for cash, it wouldn’t take much of an offer for another team to take Harkless off their hands. He voiced frustration with his limited offensive role behind Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum at the beginning of the season, but he would probably be happy just to get consistent minutes at this point after falling out of the rotation in Portland. Dallas, which could offer the expiring contract of Josh McRoberts and a second-round pick for Harkless, is a rebuilding team in a great position to take a chance on him.

Tjarks has more thoughts on Harkless, plus other miscast players, including Dewayne Dedmon, Stanley Johnson, and Alec Burks.