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Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell returns to Orlando bubble

Montrezl Harrell, Clippers

The Los Angeles Clippers have been playing with guys in and out of the lineup throughout their time in the Orlando bubble. Late Sunday night, the Clippers got one step closer to full strength with the arrival of Montrezl Harrell to the bubble.

After almost a month away from his team to deal with the passing of his grandmother back home, Harrell announced his return to the bubble. He’s currently undergoing the quarantine process inside his hotel room equipped with a treadmill, a stationary bike, and other workout equipment.

Harrell has been away from the team since July 17, when he left the bubble to return home to be with his grandmother. The Clippers big man took to social media posting about her unfortunate passing last week, which was followed by Doc Rivers saying the team wanted him to take as much time as needed to mourn and get right mentally before returning.

Yahoo Sports and TNT insider Chris Haynes reported that Harrell would join the team soon after his grandmother’s funeral on Saturday. Harrell has been testing every day while away from the bubble, with all tests returning negative. He’ll likely face a four-day quarantine period before he can rejoin his team. That means he still has a chance to participate in the team’s seeding game finale against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday night.

“He brings a lot of energy for us,” Kawhi Leonard recently said of Harrell. “Good rebounder. Also good on switching. Good post-up player. Good passer. Once we add a guy that’s playing [hard] the whole entire game, 48 minutes, I think it will make the team better.”

Montrezl Harrell, recently named a finalist for Sixth Man of the Year, has been averaging career highs across the board during the regular season with 18.6 points, 7.1 rebounds, 1.7 assists. He’ll look to get his first action on Friday night before the playoffs begin Monday.