• by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com

    Magic trade Maurice Harkless to Trail Blazers

    The Magic traded forward Maurice Harkless to the Trail Blazers for a 2020 second round draft pick (Protected from picks 31 through 55), the team announced on Tuesday. "We are excited to add Maurice to our talented core of young players," said Blazers president of basketball operations Neil Olshey. "His best basketball days are ahead of him and we look forward to guiding his development." Harkless averaged 3.5 points and 2.4 rebounds in 45 games last season.

  • by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer

    Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle: 'I did not bench Parsons'

    Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle denied benching forward Chandler Parsons late in the fourth quarter of Wednesday's win, explaining he wanted to go with a quicker lineup, according to ESPN Dallas.With under six minutes remaining in a tight game, Magic forward Maurice Harkless beat Parsons for a baseline dunk. Carlisle then put forward Al-Farouq Aminu into the game and Parsons sat for virtually the final 5:26."I just wanted a quicker guy in there," Carlisle said. "With Aminu, you get some more options. Parsons didn't have a great night, but it happens. You're not going to get 30 points every night and sometimes your teammates got to pick you up. We had other guys step up.""A little surprised [by Carlisle's decision], but not really," Parsons said. "We have a lot of players that can do different things. Any given night it can be someone different. The best thing is we won the game."Parsons entered the game red hot, averaging 23.7 points over his previous three contests.

  • by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com

    Magic trying to deal Moe Harkless

    The Magic are looking to unload SF Moe Harkless before Thursday's NBA trade deadline. According to a report by USA Today's Jeff Zillgitt, the Magic are willing to deal Harkless for "minimal return". Harkless is averaging 3.4 points in 13.8 minutes for the Magic this season. His scoring and playing time have fallen steadily since he averaged 8.2 points in 26 minutes as a rookie.

  • by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

    Magic to make Harkless, Nicholson inactive for Wednesday's game

    The Magic will list Maurice Harkless and Andrew Nicholson as inactive for Wednesday's game against the Pistons, according to the team's website. Nicholson has already missed the past four games, so the news shouldn't come as a surprise for him. Harkless had been seeing time with Tobias Harris sidelined, but will not play now that Harris is ready to return.

  • by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

    Vaughn preparing Magic SF Harkless for all roles

    Magic small forward Maurice Harkless has played 25 minutes in the last two games combined. That might not seem like much until one considers he was a DNP in eight of the previous nine. Harkless was just 1 of 3 from the field in the two recent efforts, but that will not prevent him from earning more extended playing time, according to Jacque Vaughn. Vaughn said he has talked to Harkless in conversations "geared towards accepting your responsibility of your profession," per the Orlando Sentinel. "This is what you signed up for, and there's no guarantee there's minutes for you. You earn those minutes. You produce those minutes. "And when you're not in the rotaion, there's still a responsibility that you have to have: of having yourself ready, whether that's extra running, whether that's extra film work, whether that's having the mindset that, 'I'm a backup quarterback and the starter could go down on one play and I need to be prepared just as if I was the starter."

  • by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

    Magic F Maurice Harkless gets his first action of the season

    Magic forward Maurice Harkless, who started 41 games last season but didn't play in the first two, finally saw his first action of the season during Saturday's 108-95 defeat to the Raptors. Harkless scored seven points on 3 of 6 shooting from the field, including 1 of 3 from downtown. He added five rebounds, two assists, one steal and one rebound while logging 22 minutes of game action.

  • by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

    Magic guard Victor Oladipo out indefinitely with facial fracture

    Magic guard Victor Oladipo has been making progress in his recovery from a knee sprain, but was already uncertain for the team's season opener Tuesday. Friday he received more bad news, as the team announced he is out indefinitely with a facial fracture and will almost certainly miss the start of the regular season. The injury occurred during practice Thursday, when he took an elbow to the face. He will undergo surgery Saturday, the team announced, and at this point it is not clear how long the injury is expected to keep Oladipo out or who might step into the starting lineup for him. Evan Fournier and Maurice Harkless have both filled in at shooting guard in the preseason, and seem to be the top contenders. Oladipo managed to avoid injury almost entirely last season, as he averaged 13.8 points, 4.1 rebounds and 4.1 assists in 80 games en route to a second place finish in Rookie of the Year.

  • by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

    Maurice Harkless shows signs of life

    Magic forward Maurice Harkless snapped out of a long drought Tuesday, matching his season high in scoring in a 115-106 loss to the Wizards. Harkless played 38 minutes in the game, his highest total since mid-January. He scored 22 points on 9 of 13 shooting, with a pair of 3-pointers made, while adding five rebounds. He did turn the ball over four times in the loss, matching his second-highest total of the season. Harkless has failed to take the expected step forward in his second season in the league, having been surpassed by other options. He is averaging just 6.7 points per game while appearing in 57 of 59 games.

  • by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

    Maurice Harkless's sophomore slump continues

    Magic forward Maurice Harkless played 20 minutes Tuesday against the Pistons, but barely made an impact in the 103-87 loss. Harkless was passive throughout, and it showed in his box score. He finished the game with just three points on 1 of 3 shooting, despite going to the free-throw line six times. He missed all six of his shots from the charity stripe, and added just one assist and two steals to his line. Harkless is averaging just .6 points and 1.6 rebounds per game over the last five, while playing only 19.0 minutes per contest. His disappointing sophomore season has seen his averages dip in every relevant category.

  • by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

    Maurice Harkless works past sore knee vs. Dallas

    Magic small forward Maurice Harkless worked past a sore right knee and logged a season-high 41 minutes of game action in Monday's loss to the Mavericks in Dallas.Harkless went 5 of 11 shooting from the field, including 1 of 4 from behind the arc, and 2 of 4 from the free throw line. He finished with 13 points, seven rebounds, three assists and two steals in a 107-88 defeat.Harkless has scored in double figures in three of his last five games. He has averaged 10.8 points and 3.6 rebounds over that span.