REPORT: NBA player goes for the $500k versus the wins

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When it came down to sheer numbers, Portland Trail Blazers forward Maurice “Moe” Harkless chose the numbers that would make him the most money, not win the game.

Keeping in mind that he could earn a $500,000 bonus by shooting 35% or above from the three-point range for the season, Harkless was faced with a big decision during the Blazers’ regular-season finale against the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday. At the outset of the game, he had been shooting 35.1% from the three-point range for the season.   Thus, he did not make a single three-pointer attempt, according to AOL.

Harkless did score 11 points in 22 minutes of play, but by avoiding any three-pointers, the basketball star was able to easily maintain his 35.1% three-point average.

It was reported by AOL that Harkless probably had the bonus attached to his three-point percentage to help him improve in that area, and he did make an average 2.5 attempts this season. However, after making 23 attempts in March, he didn’t even try to shoot a three-pointer during the season’s final three games and is now half-a-million dollars wealthier as a result.


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