NBA‘s Portland Trail Blazers forward Maurice Harkless had a lot riding on the final game of the regular season, a $500,000 USD bonus that is if he could shoot 35% or above from three-point range. Due to a clause in his contract, Harkless would receive this $500,000 USD bonus if he shot above 35 percent from three for the season, and so far Harkless finished the 2016-17 NBA regular season shooting 35.1 percent. So, rather than risk that bonus, Harkless did the smart thing and avoided taking any three-pointers during the final game against the Utah Jazz.
Harkless still managed to score 11 points on 5-of-6 shooting in 22 minutes of play. As a result, he maintained his 35.1% three-point average and secured the bonus. Quickly after the game, Harkless took to Instagram to boast about his earnings.
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Will Maurice Harkless shoot a 3-pointer tonight and risk losing his $500,000 bonus? “Would you?” Harkless asked with a smile.
— Jason Quick (@jwquick) April 13, 2017