ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Saturday that the Miami Heat signed free agent forward Moe Harkless to a one-year, $3.6 million contract — the biannual exception. Wojnarowski reported that Harkless turned down other lucrative offers to have a significant role on the Eastern Conference champions.
Harkless turned down more lucrative deals for a chance to play a prominent role with defending Eastern Conference champions -- and re-enter a more cash-flushed free agent marketplace in 2021. https://t.co/hMY4LMgS6D— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 21, 2020
The news of Harkless’ signing immediately drew speculation that Jae Crowder will not re-sign with the Heat. Both are versatile, defensive-minded forwards whose 3-point percentages have been all over the map. Harkless has never shot 3s at the volume Crowder has, though.
Does this mean that the Heat have moved on from Crowder, and hope that Harkless can provide similar production at a fraction of what Crowder would command? Or do the Heat view Harkless as more of a replacement for Solomon Hill, the seldom-used swingman who Erik Spoelstra went to over Meyers Leonard and Derrick Jones Jr. in the final two rounds of the playoffs?
Harkless was involved in the four-team trade that sent Jimmy Butler to Miami last year.