After this 19-year-old stud talent was taken by the Philadelphia 76ers, it was clear Moe Harkless would not be given much opportunity to prosper.
A source with direct knowledge of the talks told ESPN.com's Marc Stein the Lakers will receive Howard.
The Orlando Magic will likely receive Arron Afflalo, Al Harrington, Nikola Vucevic, Moe Harkless and three first-round picks.— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) August 10, 2012
The move to Orlando for Harkless one that will get this surefire talent to develop significantly quicker. As a member of the Philadelphia 76ers, he was competing with Andre Iguodala and Evan Turner for minutes on the floor.
Last season, both Iguodala and Turner combined for 62 minutes per game. Although Turner is listed as a two-guard, he is a a 6'7'' talent that can play the swingman spot and as a result Harkless was set to get little to no playing time.
In Orlando, however, Harkless plays behind Hedo Turkoglu. Although Turkoglu is a proven SF in the league, he is also a 12-year veteran that has had dramatically worse production in the past two seasons.
After seven consecutive seasons of posting at least 11 points or more per game, Turkoglu has failed to surpass the mark each of the last two seasons. He also shot just 35.3 percent from three-point range, easily the worst mark of his career from downtown since shooting below 33 percent his rookie season.
Harkless is a talented scorer that posted over 15 per game in his one year at St. Johns. The rookie is at his best taking the ball to the basket and creating transition opportunities, which is exactly what the Magic will utilize next season.
Harkless goes to a winning organization that boasts plenty of opportunity for him to best use his scoring talent.
Talk about a career changing move.
Make no mistake about it, a move to Orlando is set to propel this player's career.