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Report: Some Clippers players think Montrezl Harrell cares more about individual stats over winning

Clippers, Montrezl Harrell

After the Los Angeles Clippers lost to the Memphis Grizzlies at home on Jan. 4, big man Montrezl Harrell ripped the Clippers while speaking to the media.

According to The Athletic, some Clippers players were rubbed the wrong way by Harrell’s comments because they think he cares more about individual stats over winning:

Tension had been quietly building in the locker room, according to multiple sources, but Montrezl Harrell’s comments confirmed the uncomfortability some felt. The comments also rubbed certain players the wrong way, as they feel that Harrell’s post-game mood can be dictated more by his individual box-score performance than the game’s outcome, according to sources.

A source close to Harrell, via The Athletic, however, refutes that notion and says he’s only worried about winning an NBA Championship.

Sources close to Harrell, however, refute the idea that his focus is on anything but the common championship goal.

“Everything he does is out of his passion for winning,” one source said. “He kind of walks to his own beat a little bit, but it’s not from a selfish perspective at all.”

The Clippers are 31-14 on the season. They are in third place in the Western Conference standings.

What this report shows is that there’s always going to be turmoil behind the scenes no matter how good a team is playing.

Harrell is averaging 19.4 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game on the season for the Clippers. He’s shooting 57.2 percent from the field and 62.9 percent from the free-throw line.

Harrell becomes an unrestricted free agent after this season ends. The Clippers will have a big decision to make with him. Harrell is making $6 million this season. He figures to get a huge payday in the offseason.