Montrezl Harrell joined LeBron James in the Los Angeles Lakers’ camp was among the biggest news to open a free agency in 2020 out of season.
Harrell’s decision stunned plenty of people, especially LA Clippers guard Patrick Beverley, as the reigning sixth man of the year is hardly mentioned, if at all, in the same breath as the Lakers.
The 6’7 energy bundle was a coveted asset on this year̵
In Charlotte, a richer Montrezl Harrell would have played a bigger role instead of backing Anthony Davis along with the Lakers.
Harrell has five years of NBA experience under his belt, having stints with the Houston Rockets and LA Clippers. However, he comes from a heartbreaking campaign after the Clippers jumped a 3-1 lead to the Denver Nuggets in the playoffs.
The Lakers are retiring from the departure of Dwight Howard, who joined the Philadelphia 76ers on a one-year contract. Harrell is expected to produce more offense for the Lakers compared to Howard. In 63 games last season for the Clippers, the veteran big man averaged 18.6 points, 7.1 rebounds and 1.1 blocks on 58% shooting from the field.
In addition, his presence with Dennis Schroder in the Los Angeles bench gives the defending champions a strong supporting role.