The Washington Wizards’ recent surge has seen them claw their way back into playoff contention in the Eastern Conference. Currently in eighth place in the East, the Wizards track to feature in the play-in tournament at the end of the season. Considering their position in the East, the Wizards may well look to strengthen the roster at the trade deadline, but would likely need to offload some players in order to balance the books. According to Bleacher Report, the Wizards placed Montrezl Harrell on the trade block.
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Harrell is under contract for just one more season. He initially signed a two-year, $18.9 million deal with the Lakers, but was traded to the Wizards during the offseason as part of the blockbuster Russell Westbrook swap. Harrell will be an unrestricted free agent in 2022 and is making just $9.7 million this year, making him an ideal piece to include in a possible trade.
The Wizards are said to be one of the various teams interested in acquiring Jerami Grant at the trade deadline. The Detroit Pistons winger is largely expected to be traded at the deadline, and the Wizards feel he’d be an ideal fit in their rotation.
A straight-up swap of Harrell and Grant wouldn’t even be a conversation starter, however, so it’s expected the Wizards would have to trade one of Rui Hachimura or Deni Avdija in order to truly pique the interest of the Pistons. Detroit is believed to be seeking a pair of first-round picks, or a first-round pick and a promising young player in exchange for their 27-year-old sharpshooter.
Whether or not deal for Grant materializes remains to be seen, but Harrell could still draw interest from other contending teams if he isn’t dealt to the Pistons.