The Orlando Magic were once again active on Sunday, agreeing to a trade that would send swingman Maurice Harkless to the Portland Trail Blazers for a second-round pick. The deal was first reported by Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski.
Harkless, 22, was acquired by the Magic in the deal that sent Dwight Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers. In three seasons with the Magic, Harkless appeared in 201 games, starting 104 of them. In those 201 games, Harkless posted averages of 6.8 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game.
Moving Harkless should come as no surprise. Sources said the team had been looking to move the young wing since the trade deadline last year, with a report suggesting the team almost sent Harkless to the New York Knicks for Quincy Acy.
After starting in 100 games in his first two seasons, Harkless fell out of the rotation early last season, appearing only sparingly as the season wore on. Harkless possess' high levels of potential, especially on the defensive end, and could thrive in Portland with the team trading small forward Nicolas Batum earlier this summer.
Moving Harkless gives the Magic an extra roster spot, with 13 players now under contract for next season, with second round selection Tyler Harvey also in the picture.