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Magic Ship Moe Harkless to Portland in Exchange for Future Pick

The Orlando Magic have traded small forward Moe Harkless to the Portland Trail Blazers in exchange for a future second-round pick. With the departures of LaMarcus Aldridge, Wesley Matthews and Arron Afflalo, the Blazers continued their offseason revamp Sunday by acquiring the former St. John’s star:

Selected by the Magic with the 15th overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, Harkless continued to underachieve in Orlando, ultimately leading to the move.

Averaging a mere 3.5 points and 2.4 rebounds in 15 minutes per game in 2014-15, Harkless played a much smaller role for the Magic a season ago than in the past. In his three professional seasons, the 22-year-old has averaged 6.8 points and 3.5 rebounds per game while starting in nearly 52 percent of his games played in the NBA.

With point guard Damian Lillard anchoring the Blazers’ offensive attack, Harkless’ 6-foot-9 frame can provide a much-needed defensive presence for Portland next season. Having the ability to defend both guards and forwards alike, Harkless may revive his career on the West Coast under the direction of head coach Terry Stotts.

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