Knicks & # 39; Maurice Harkless, who is not thinking of a buyout


Maurice Harkless expects to stay at Knicks hometown for the rest of the season.

The Forest Hills product and the former St. Johns star had been a candidate for a buyout upon arrival at the Clippers under a closing deal for Marcus Morris.

"I'm not thinking of a buyout. I'm just thinking about making the best of it today," said Harkless before scoring three points in the 106-98 defeat against Pacers at the Garden on Friday. "I'll be here the rest of the year."

Earlier this week, the eight-year-old NBA veteran had insisted that he hadn't considered a buyout, nor spoken to his agent or the Knicks about it.

When asked if he wanted to move from a competing team to an out-of-it franchise like the Knicks, Harkless added, "It's definitely an adjustment, just the way it is. Everything is different, the culture and everything "But it's just basketball. So we just have to go out there and play and still try to win games here. It's not like we're trying to lose. Boys are still competitors, we're just in a different situation."

Maurice Harkless wants T.J. Warren during the Knicks defeat between 106 and 98 against the Pacers.
Maurice Harkless wants T.J. Warren during the Knicks defeat between 106 and 98 against the Pacers.AP

Kenny Wooten has been assigned to Knicks' G-League partner in Westchester since signing a two-way contract in January. The striker released a photo of Stephen A. Smith with his head bowed and the headline "Mood" on Friday, but later tweeted that fans should not interpret this as a misfortune with his situation.

"Sure, I have to say that again. I have no intention of leaving the Knicks!" Wooten tweeted. “EVERYTHING I TWEET HAS TO DO WITH MY PERSONAL LIFE. I thank you all for your care. "

Elfrid Payton (aching right ankle) was excluded from the game on Friday while Wayne Ellington (tense right ankle) was available but did not play.

"We don't currently think it's something long-term," interim coach Mike Miller said about Payton. "The only thing is to make sure it doesn't get serious, and give him a couple of days, I think, should take care of it."

Top scorer Julius Randle scored just seven points in the 2-9 shootout in 30 minutes, one point more than his season low of six on December 5 in Denver.