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Maurice Harkless Cashes In

After coming in for a bag of chips and a Pepsi, Maurice Harkless has cashed in with the Portland Trailblazers.

Mo Harkless, according to Oregonlive, has signed a four-year $40 million deal with the Blazers.

Harkless, who was a restricted free agent, can make up to $42 million with incentives.

It’s a pretty impressive feat for Harkless as the Blazers traded their 55th protected pick of 2020 for Harkless. Based on the low draft pick trade, the Blazers weren’t expecting Harkless to be a consistent contributor.

However, Harkless proved the Blazers wrong as he was very much a part of a starting lineup that surged to the fifth-seed of the Western Conference playoffs, even after Portland got off to a less than stellar start.

Harkless’s numbers—6.3 points and 3.6 rebounds in 78 games—isn’t exactly going to stop traffic. But, after earning more playing time, his numbers increased to 12 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.1 steals.

The St. John’s University product was instrumental in the Los Angeles Clippers first-round series, when he was pitted against Chris Paul, and succeeding.

The TrailBlazers have a young, exciting nucleus comprising Mo Harkless, Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum.

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