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MAURICE HARKLESS (SF)
  • Jul 26 2016, 13:28 PM

    Update: Harkless agreed Tuesday to re-sign with the Trail Blazers on a four-year, $40 million contract, Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports reports.

    Analysis: After going underutilized for much of the first half of the season, Harkless took over as the Blazers' starting power forward in February and made a positive impression. In his 14 regular-season starts, Harkless averaged 11.9 points, 6.6 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.0 block in 26.9 minutes per game. He came close to maintaining those averages during the Blazers' 11-game postseason run, but it's uncertain if he'll continue to work as a starter in 2016-17. The Blazers' brain trust has already indicated that the team intends to play Al-Farouq Aminu more frequently at power forward this season, and with Evan Turner and Allen Crabbe in the mix to see playing time at the other forward spot, Harkless could see his minutes tail off a bit.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • May 10 2016, 07:34 AM

    Update: Harkless (hip) played 17 minutes and provided eight points (3-9 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 1-2 FT), six rebounds, one assist and a steal during Monday's 132-125 overtime loss to the Trail Blazers in Game 4 of the series.

    Analysis: Harkless was cleared to play Monday after exiting early in Game 3 with a sore right hip, but coach Terry Stotts was reluctant to give the forward major minutes. Instead, Stotts opted to go small for much of the night, with swingman Allen Crabbe (38 minutes) soaking up most of the playing time that would normally have gone to Harkless.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • May 09 2016, 12:09 PM

    Update: Harkless (hip) said Monday morning that he intends to play in Game 4 against the Warriors later in the evening, CSN Northwest's Jason Quick reports.

    Analysis: Harkless said Monday that his bruised right hip is feeling better, stating that he's going to 'try and go' after going through shootaround. The forward initially sustained the injury during Game 2 and lasted less than seven minutes in Game 3, departing early after experiencing substantial discomfort. Harkless sounded optimistic about his chances to contribute Monday night, but coach Terry Stotts was quick to note that the forward has yet to run or cut at full speed.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • May 08 2016, 12:31 PM

    Update: Coach Terry Stotts said that Harkless (hip) is being viewed as probable for Game 4 against the Warriors on Monday.

    Analysis: Harkless was on the court for just seven minutes in Saturday's Game 3 win, tallying three points (1-4 FG, 1-2 3Pt) and two steals. There will likely be further information released regarding Harkless' status as Game 4 approaches.

    Injury: YES

    Injury Status: Day-to-Day

  • Apr 30 2016, 08:06 AM

    Update: Harkless supplied 14 points (5-12 FG, 4-6 3Pt), three rebounds, an assist and a steal over 30 minutes in Friday's 106-103 series-clinching Game 6 victory over the Clippers.

    Analysis: The 22-year-old was encouragingly able to keep the momentum he'd built up over the second half of the season going in the first round, posting double-digit scoring performances in the last five games of the series. Harkless has been a steady source of supplementary scoring for a Blazers offense that relies heavily on the talented backcourt tandem of the Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum, and his contributions will once again be considerably needed in the upcoming second-round series versus the Warriors. He finished the Clippers series with averages of 12.7 points, 6.2 rebounds, 0.7 assists, 0.7 steals and 0.5 blocks over 28.8 minutes.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Apr 28 2016, 05:47 AM

    Update: Harkless had 19 points (7-14 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 3-6 FT) and 10 rebounds in 33 minutes during the Trail Blazers' 108-98 win against the Clippers in Wednesday's Game 5.

    Analysis: Harkless is playing the best basketball of his career in round one, increasing his averages to 12.4 points (on 49 percent shooting) and 6.8 rebounds in 29 minutes per contest. Harkless has been inconsistent from beyond the arc, but his defense has helped bolster Portland's starting unit. Harkless has now scored in double figures during four consecutive games, and he looks more confident than ever before.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Apr 21 2016, 06:04 AM

    Update: Harkless tallied 12 points (5-13 FG, 2-4 3Pt), seven rebounds, an assist and a steal over 34 minutes in Wednesday's 102-81 Game 2 loss to the Clippers.

    Analysis: The four-year pro got back into double figures scoring-wise for the first time in four games, and was able to drain a pair of three-pointers after coming up empty in Game 1 of the series. Harkless' minutes also saw a nice boost up from the 21 he received in the postseason opener, and he had an appreciably greater presence on the glass than in Game 1 on Sunday. Harkless figures to continue having his hands full down low versus Blake Griffin for the remainder of the series, although he did a solid job Wednesday in helping to limit the Clippers All-Star to 12 points on 4-of-12 shooting.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Apr 07 2016, 08:22 AM

    Update: Harkless contributed 14 points (6-13 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 1-1 FT), five rebounds, four steals, two blocks, and two assists across 28 minutes in Wednesday's 120-115 win over the Thunder.

    Analysis: While it wasn't quite the 20-point, 16-rebound outing Harkless unleashed on the Kings a day earlier, his performance Thursday was more than satisfactory. He made up for the drop in rebounds by filling out the other defensive categories, as his combined total of six blocks and steals were his most in any game this season.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Apr 06 2016, 06:05 AM

    Update: Harkless compiled 20 points (8-16 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 2-2 FT) and a career-high 16 boards to go with two assists and two steals over 33 minutes in Tuesday's 115-107 win over the Kings.

    Analysis: Harkless has snared at least 10 boards in three of his last four games and seems to be taking well to his new role as the Trail Blazers' starting power forward. In his eight games since capturing a spot on the top unit, Harkless is averaging 13.8 points (on 51.2% shooting), 7.9 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.8 blocks, and 0.8 three-pointers in 28.3 minutes. With Meyers Leonard (shoulder) out for the season and former starter Noah Vonleh effectively being phased out of the rotation, Harkless should continue to benefit from a bounty of playing time over the Blazers' final three games.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Apr 04 2016, 09:01 AM

    Update: Harkless scored 15 points (5-13 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 4-6 FT) while adding 10 rebounds and a steal in 30 minutes during Sunday's loss to the Warriors.

    Analysis: He's found a bit of a groove to close of the season, scoring in double digits in six of the last seven games while averaging 12.9 points, 6.7 boards, 0.9 blocks and 0.7 steals over that stretch. Those aren't quite rosterable numbers in most fantasy formats, but Harkless is showing flashes that he can be a useful player next season if he gets a more substantial role in the Blazers' wing rotation.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Apr 03 2016, 04:24 AM

    Update: Harkless tallied 14 points (5-14 FG, 8-10 FT), four rebounds, an assist, a steal and a block over 32 minutes in Saturday's 110-93 victory over the Heat.

    Analysis: The fourth-year forward continues to produce up front for the Trail Blazers, now having posted double-digit scoring efforts in four of the last five contests. Harkless is firmly entrenched in the starting role at the four, and is providing some much-needed scoring punch near the basket. He's averaging a solid 12.2 points over his last five games.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Apr 01 2016, 12:06 PM

    Update: Harkless posted nine points (2-7 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 4-6 FT), 10 rebounds, an assist, a steal and a block over 22 minutes in Thursday's 116-109 victory over the Celtics.

    Analysis: The point total broke a four-game streak of double-digit scoring for Harkless, but the 10 boards were his highest since hauling in 13 on Feb. 10 against the Rockets. Despite the generally solid performance, the one building concern is that Harkless' minutes have been progressively reduced in each of the last three games, as Ed Davis, and to a lesser extent, Noah Vonleh, continue to be viable components of the Blazers' frontcourt rotation.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Mar 27 2016, 02:04 AM

    Update: Harkless pitched in with 16 points (5-9 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 5-7 FT), eight rebounds, an assist, a steal and a block over 30 minutes in Saturday's 108-105 victory over the Sixers.

    Analysis: Harkless has now posted double-digit scoring in three consecutive starts, as he continues to make a case for remaining in the starting five over Noah Vonleh as the season winds down. He was solid on the glass as well, managing eight boards for the second consecutive contest. Harkless' current role certainly merits him consideration as a viable late-season waiver-wire snag in deeper season-long formats. He also remains very reasonably priced in daily leagues for the time being, making him a value play with a decent ceiling.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Mar 25 2016, 00:42 AM

    Update: Harkless posted 10 points (5-8 FG), eight rebounds, an assist and a block over 31 minutes in Thursday's 96-94 loss to the Clippers.

    Analysis: Garnering a second straight start at power forward, Harkless managed double-digit scoring for the second consecutive night. He was even more effective from the field than Wednesday versus the Mavericks, and doubled his amount of boards as well. With two solid performances under his belt, it remains to be seen whether the four-year veteran will only continue to receive matchup-dictated starts, or whether he'll earn a more consistent role in the starting five.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Mar 24 2016, 10:39 AM

    Update: Harkless earned his fourth start of the season Wednesday against the Mavericks, posting 14 points (5-13 FG, 0-4 3Pt, 4-4 FT), four rebounds, two assists, one steal, and one block in 25 minutes.

    Analysis: Harkless took over the spot typically occupied by Noah Vonleh and made an immediate impact with 10 points in the first seven minutes of the contest. Among Harkless' five successful field goals Wednesday, all but one were dunks in transition, as coach Terry Stotts seemingly took advantage of the Mavericks' aging core. Afterward, Stotts wouldn't confirm, one way or another, whether Harkless will remain in the starting five, according to Erik Gunderson of The Columbian. If Harkless gets the nod Thursday against the Clippers in Los Angeles, he'll attempt to uphold his marks as a starter, which have so far yielded 12.3 points (on 53 percent shooting), 6.0 rebounds, 1.5 steals, 1.3 assists, and 1.0 block in 25 minutes.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Mar 23 2016, 19:06 PM

    Update: Harkless will draw the start Wednesday against the Mavericks, Jason Quick of the North West Comcast Sports Network reports.

    Analysis: It appears the Trail Blazers have opted to go with a smaller lineup to matchup with the Mavericks small-ball approach. Noah Vonleh moved to the bench with Harkless' arrival. Harkless should see an increased workload compared to what he normally sees making him and intriguing DFS play. This lineup change is likely temporary based on matchups.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Mar 07 2016, 06:21 AM

    Update: Harkless had seven points (3-5 FG, 1-2 3Pt), three rebounds, and one steal across 21 minutes during the Trail Blazers' 123-103 loss to the Pistons on Sunday.

    Analysis: Harkless was on fire during February, and he closed the month with averages of 9.3 points (58.7 FG, 36.8 3Pt, 54.5 FT), 4.1 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 0.7 threes, 0.7 steals, and 0.7 blocks in 19 minutes per matchup. He has appeared in each of the Trail Blazers' four games during March, and though his scoring has dipped a bit, he is still providing quality minutes at both forward positions. Considering how little opportunity Harkless had during the first three years of his career, 2015-16 has been extremely promising. However, he is still an underwhelming option in fantasy, and that seems unlikely to change over the final 18 games of the regular season.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Feb 22 2016, 08:31 AM

    Update: Harkless put up 17 points (5-9 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 6-9 FT), seven rebounds, one assist, and one steal in 25 minutes in Sunday's win against the Jazz.

    Analysis: Harkless' minutes waned in the latter half of January, with two DNPs and three other outings with fewer than 10 minutes during a six-game stretch. At the time, coach Terry Stotts cited getting Gerald Henderson more run on the wing, but an ankle injury to Noah Vonleh on Feb. 6 thrust Harkless from little-used forward to starter for three games before the break. Harkless has used the opportunity to record double-digit points in five consecutive contests en route to averages of 14.4 points (on 63 percent shooting), 7.2 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.2 steals, and 1.2 three-pointers in 26 minutes per game. The outburst has pushed Meyers Leonard to the wayside -- less than 13 minutes per game during that run -- meaning Stotts may just be riding the hot hand, but Harkless is certainly deserving of a look at the moment due to his jam-packed lines.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Feb 11 2016, 10:53 AM

    Update: Harkless went off for 19 points (8-11 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 2-4 FT), 13 rebounds, two steals, and one assist across 28 minutes in Wednesday's 116-103 win over the Rockets.

    Analysis: The points and rebounds were both season highs for Harkless, who entered the starting lineup for the third time in four games despite the fact that Noah Vonleh (ankle) received clearance to return. Vonleh didn't end up seeing the floor, as coach Terry Stotts likely was only planning on using the big man in an emergency in order to give him some more extended time off in conjunction with the upcoming All-Star break. As a result, Harkless was the main beneficiary of an expanded role, and this performance could very well earn him some healthy court time in the contests to come, even if Vonleh eventually settles back in as the starter at power forward. Harkless is worth a speculative add in deeper formats, but those in shallower leagues may want to track his production for a few more games before investing.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Feb 10 2016, 19:39 PM

    Update: Harkless will remain in the starting lineup Wednesday against the Rockets despite Noah Vonleh's return, Joe Freeman of The Oregonian reports.

    Analysis: Harkless has played 16, 30 and 23 minutes respectively in the past three games since Vonleh suffered the ankle injury. It isn't clear if the injury is still bothering Vonleh or if Harkless has jumped him in the rotation, but the situation will be worth watching over the next few games.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

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