|2012 NBA Draft||NBA||Drafted 15th overall by Philadelphia.|
|9th July, 2012||NBA||Signed four year, $8,323,699 rookie scale contract with Philadelphia. Included team options for 2014/15 and 2015/16.|
|10th August, 2012||NBA||As a part of a four team deal, traded by Philadelphia to Orlando, along with Nikola Vucevic and a 2015 first round pick (#5, 2017, De'Aaron Fox), and along with Andre Iguodala to Denver, in exchange for Jason Richardson from Orlando and Andrew Bynum from the L.A. Lakers.|
|26th October, 2013||NBA||Orlando exercised 2014/15 team option.|
|26th October, 2014||NBA||Orlando exercised 2015/16 team option.|
|14th July, 2015||NBA||Traded by Orlando to Portland in exchange for a protected 2020 second round pick.|
|27th July, 2016||NBA||Re-signed by Portland to a four year, $40 million contract.|
|2011 - 2012||St. John's (NCAA)|
|June 2012 - August 2012||Philadelphia 76ers (NBA)|
|August 2012 - jULY 2015||Orlando Magic (NBA)|
|July 2015 - present||Portland Trail Blazers (NBA)|
June 29, 2017
SF/PF, 6’9, 215lbs, 24 years old, 5 years of experience
Took on a much bigger share of minutes and responsibilities than ever before, and improved his offensive efficiency, particularly from outside. His marked inconsistency puts the numbers into some important context, yet a .570% true shooting percentage is strong, and a nice complement to the creators alongside him, especially if the three-point stroke continues. Defensively, one of the better parts of an overall poor defensive unit, doing the little things and defending both forward spots to reasonable effect. A good role player on a good role player price. Consistency aside, the problems with this team lie not with Harkless.
Player Plan: Three years and circa. $31 million remaining, with no options or guaranteed years. A useful player on a fair price. Keep for now.
July 9, 2013
Harkless's rookie season was a mixed bag. He showed that through physical tools alone, he could affect the game on both ends just by being in the right place, but he also showed that he needs to put in considerable work on knowing where the right place is. He demonstrated real defensive potential at times, Shawn Marion-esque, yet not without mistakes and also an uncertain and unclean offensive game. There's a lot to like, but also a lot to do.
June 30, 2012
Pick 15: Philly picks next, but they too don't seem right for Zeller, having picked the similar Nikola Vucevic just last year. Sure enough, they don't, instead opting for a more awkward fit.
Whilst picking for need over quality is not really the way to go, it's always nice if you can pick players who are both. The Sixers have obvious needs - anyone who can consistently score, some outside shooting, an athletic shot blocker and a big man plenty of bulk. Inevitably, then, they just someone who is none of those things; the artist formerly known as Mo Harkless (who now wants to be known as Maurice), who can learn how to be the next Thaddeus Young under the direct watch of Thaddeus himself.
The panel unanimously agrees that this duplication doesn't matter, as long as the player involved is the best available and/or has the highest upside. This is a frankly refreshing viewpoint that I guarantee Jon Barry doesn't share.