Los Angeles Clippers big man Montrezl Harrell becomes an unrestricted free agent this offseason and one Eastern Conference executive could see the Miami Heat signing him.
However, the exec who spoke to Eric Pincus of Bleacher Report suggested that the Heat could give Harrell a “big one-year deal” instead of a long-term contract since the franchise is prioritizing cap space for 2021 in the event that Giannis Antetokounmpo doesn’t sign the supermax extension with the Milwaukee Bucks this offseason and becomes a free agent after the 2020-21 season.
One Eastern Conference executive suggested the Miami Heat, though the team would need to find the right price to re-sign Goran Dragic and a way out of Kelly Olynyk’s $13.2 million player option.
“They will leave space for Giannis, but they could give [Harrell] a big one-year deal” the executive said of Miami. “They always figure it out.”
Montrezl Harrell won the 2020 Sixth Man of the Year Award by averaging 18.6 points, 7.1 rebounds and 1.7 assists for the Clippers before the season was suspended in March. However, he was exposed on defense in the second round of the 2020 playoffs against the Denver Nuggets and also got into a heated altercation with small forward Paul George.
As a result, some believe the Clippers will look to move on from Harrell by letting him walk in free agency or completing a sign-and-trade deal.
The Heat are facing the Los Angeles Lakers in the Finals at Walt Disney World. President Pat Riley has been in Orlando, Florida taking in the games and he probably watched Harrell and the Clippers pull off that epic choke job against the Nuggets in the second round.
With that being said, it wouldn’t surprise anyone in the league if Riley and the Heat have something up their sleeves in terms of snagging Harrell.