A day after losing forward Derrick Jones to the Portland Trail Blazers, the Miami Heat landed a replacement forward in New York Knicks free agent Maurice Harkless.
Harkless has agreed to a one-year, $3.6 million contract that utilizes the Heat’s biannual salary-cap exception. By extending such an offer, the Heat again will operate under a hard salary cap for 2020-21, as they did in 2019-20 after signing Jimmy Butler.
The addition of Harkless, in the deal that cannot be finalized until the opening of the NBA signing period Sunday, brings the Heat to 14 players under standard contract, with teams limited to 15 during the regular season.
The Heat also have agreed to a 2020-21 two-way contract with guard Gabe Vincent, with teams allowed two carry such contracts in addition to the 15 standard deals.
The agreement with Harkless comes in the wake of Friday agreements to bring back free agents Udonis Haslem, Goran Dragic and Meyers Leonard.
Jae Crowder, Solomon Hill and Kyle Alexander are the Heat’s lone remaining free agents from their 2019-20 roster that lost in the NBA Finals to the Los Angeles Lakers.
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