Moe Harkless: Going to Orlando Magic Via Dwight Howard Trade Would Be Perfection

Luis Batlle@lbatll1Contributor IAugust 10, 2012

NEWARK, NJ - JUNE 28:  Moe Harkless of St. John's Red Storm walks on stage after he was selected number fifteen overall by the Philadelphia 76ers during the first round of the 2012 NBA Draft at Prudential Center on June 28, 2012 in Newark, New Jersey. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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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.

Yet a move to the Orlando Magic through a Dwight Howard, four-team trade might just be the one that propel's Harkless' career.

According to's Marc Stein, Dwight Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers is a move already set to go down.

A source with direct knowledge of the talks told's Marc Stein the Lakers will receive Howard.

This was followed by a tweet from Hoopsworld NBA reporter Alex Kennedy stating who the Orlando Magic were likely to receiver, a list which included Harkless.

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.