Montrezl Harrell agrees to deal with Lakers
Harrell’s agent, Rich Paul of Klutch Sports, told Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN that the deal is worth two years and $19 million-plus.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) November 21, 2020
Two years, $19M-plus for Harrell, Paul says. Lakers use mid-level exception on former Clippers center. https://t.co/LGgEkDaHN6
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 21, 2020
Montrezl Harrell won the 2019-20 Sixth Man of the Year Award with the Clippers. However, he was a liability on defense in the second round of the 2020 playoffs against the Denver Nuggets. The Clippers blew a 3-1 series lead and Harrell reportedly didn’t have a good relationship with All-Star small forward Paul George.
The Lakers, meanwhile, won the 2020 championship over the Miami Heat in six games. They are now adding one of the best bench scorers in the NBA and a guy who plays with passion and energy.
Harrell averaged 18.6 points, 7.1 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game for the Clippers in 2019-20 while shooting 58.0 percent from the field. Lakers superstars LeBron James and Anthony Davis are Klutch Sports clients as well, so Harrell will fit in well with the LakeShow.
This is a pretty shocking move since Harrell was beloved by Clippers fans and always talked about how he enjoyed playing for the underdog franchise in Los Angeles. However, money talks in the NBA and so does winning.
Harrell is now joining one of the most storied franchises in league history alongside two legends in LeBron and Davis.