The larger offer Montrezl Harrell turned down before joining LeBron James, Lakers
Montrezl Harrell joining LeBron James in the Los Angeles Lakers’ camp was among the biggest news to open free agency in the 2020 offseason.
Harrell’s decision stunned plenty of people, most especially L.A. Clippers guard Patrick Beverley, as the reigning Sixth Man of the Year’s name has barely been mentioned, if at all, in the same breath as the Lakers.
The 6’7″ bundle of energy was a coveted asset in this year’s list of free agents. In the end, Harrell settled for $19 million over two years. His decision to join the Lakers suggests that Harrell is out for more team success. This is supported by a report from the Los Angeles Times’ Brad Turner, stating that Harrell had to turn down a heftier offer from the Charlotte Hornets.
In Charlotte, a richer Montrezl Harrell would have enjoyed a bigger role instead of backing up Anthony Davis with the Lakers.
Harrell has five years’ worth of NBA experience under his belt, having stints with the Houston Rockets and L.A. Clippers. However, he is coming off a heartbreaking campaign after the Clippers blew a 3-1 lead to the Denver Nuggets in the playoffs.
The Lakers are reeling off the departure of Dwight Howard, who joined the Philadelphia 76ers on a one-year deal. 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.
Furthermore, his presence alongside Dennis Schroder in Los Angeles’ bench gives the defending champions a potent supporting cast.