Moe Harkless Returns to Portland, Eyes NBA Comeback With Rip City Remix
The former Trail Blazers forward, who is recovering from hip surgery, is using the G League to show he still belongs in the NBA.
PORTLAND, Ore. — 12 years into his professional career, Maurice Harkless is back in a familiar place but in an unfamiliar situation.
Since being drafted in 2012, Harkless has played for six NBA teams—including four years with the Trail Blazers—and started, come off the bench, played big playoff minutes, been out of the rotation, signed an eight-figure free-agent contract and been cut and traded. He’s seen it all.
But he’s never played in the G League until now.
At 30, Harkless is still relatively young in NBA years but is one of the older players in the G League. He’s hoping to use his time back in Portland with the Rip City Remix to get another shot in the NBA.
“It’s been interesting,” Harkless told me after a recent Remix game. “It’s been fun, though.”
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Playing in the G League, and returning to the city where he had the most success in his NBA career, was the logical choice as Harkless continued to recover from a serious hip injury that caused him to sit out all of last season.