"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.
With under six minutes remaining in a tight game, Magic forward
"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.
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.
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.
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."
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