Trail Blazers SF Moe Harkless isn't paying attention to the rumors that he may be involved in a trade to the Knicks for Carmelo Anthony.
Back in his hometown Queens to direct his "Skills Academy" at the Boys & Girls Club of Metro Queens, Harkless would like to worry about the rumors only if they become true.
"It doesn't do anything for me to get involved with that," Harkless told NY Daily News' Stefan Bondy. "If it happens, it happens."
Harkless has found a niche in Portland, one he couldn't find on the Orlando Magic who he spent three seasons with. The 24-year-old went from a bench player to an immediate impact player who was part of the Blazers' starting-five this past postseason.
"In Orlando we were kind of rebuiliding. Coach (Jacque Vaughn) got fired and everything like that," Harkless said. "In Portland, the system was already in place and the organization is run really well. So I'm in a comfortable situation for me."
Harkless has been named in part of trade proposals for Anthony whether it be between both teams exclusively, or a three-team deal that would land Melo in Houston. Either way, Harkless would end up with the Knicks.
Playing for the Magic, Harkless has a good relationship with new Knicks GM Scott Perry who worked as an assistant GM for Orlando. The two still stay in touch.
"(Perry and I) had a really good relationship. We still have a good relationship. We actually spoke not too long ago. We talk all the time," Harkless said." He's a real down-to-Earth guy, a real dude. He doesn't really sugar coat stuff. So I think that's why players take a liking to him."
Portland was named a "sleeper team" by ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, and that notion may be heating up after it was seen that Blazers' G CJ McCollum was playing pickup games with Anthony this past week. Wojnarowski spoke on the Ryen Russillo Show about how well both McCollum and G Damian Lillard have been recruiting the 33-year-old small forward.
"Portland is an interesting team in this because CJ McCollum and Damian Lillard have done a really good of recruiting Carmelo," Wojnarowski said. "They've been on him. McCollum is in New York, you saw the video of [McCollum and Anthony] playing pickup. Selling [Anthony] on 'Hey, look what our team could look like with you.' ... but that's incumbent ultimately on can Portland put a package together that appeals to New York?"
Harkless would likely be part of that package if a deal were to come to fruition. In 77 games (69 starts) last season, he averaged 10 points, 4.4 rebounds, and shot 50 percent on the year.