Before the start of the transfer window, the Hawks had announced that they wanted to recruit defenders. The arrivals of Dejounte Murray, the Holiday brothers, Aaron and Justin, and Maurice Harkless have confirmed this desire and this need.
The latter is renowned for his work in the shadows and his contribution to twenty minutes for a decade, in Orlando, Portland or Sacramento. He therefore has the profile for Atlanta, which sent Kevin Huerter in exchange.
“I want to help in defense”explains Moe Harkless to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “I think I can do it right away. Then, I am a veteran and I have leadership. I can help Dejounte Murray, Trae Young and Bogdan Bogdanovic get easy shots. »
Clearly, he will be there to do the dirty work, which was not done last season, when the Hawks struggled a lot in defense.
“Defence is a state of mind. We are all athletic and talented in the league. Defense is hard on a daily basis because it’s mentally difficult. You have to build this habit from the first day of the training camp. We have to put it in place, because that’s how we win matches. When the attack does not work, it is in the hard that we will win. I think it can help if I bring that mindset and give it to others. »
Moe Harkless finds himself in a rather enviable situation. He leaves the Kings, subscribers to seasons without playoffs, for a more ambitious Atlanta team, which wants to bounce back from its disappointing 2021/22 exercise.
“At first, I was surprised to hear this news. I didn’t really expect to be traded, but anything can happen. But afterwards, I was eager to be part of a team that wants to progress, which was in the conference finals two years ago. »
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