NBA Free Agency 2020: Montrezl Harrell was a key piece of the LA Clippers last season. Although, he said “apparently” the team did not want him back after he signed for the LA Lakers.
Montrezl Harrell was anyway going to be one of the top free agents on the market. However, the loss of revenue due to the coronavirus pandemic made finances difficult for every player hitting free agency.
“Apparently not if I’m on the other side,” Harrell told reporters when asked if the Clippers wanted to bring him back in 2020-21.
The “other side” is the Los Angeles Lakers, who signed him to a two-year, $19 million contract with an option for the second year, according to ESPN.
His former teammate Patrick Beverly was not happy with the news:
— Patrick Beverley (@patbev21) November 21, 2020
NBA Free Agency 2020: Montrezl Harrell’s interview with the reporters:
Reporter – “Did you feel like the Clippers wanted you back?”
Lakers’ Montrezl Harrell, after a long pause trying to find the words – “Apparently not if I’m on the other side.” pic.twitter.com/p9DbTKrajU
— Tomer Azarly (@TomerAzarly) November 23, 2020
Will LA Clippers miss Montrezl Harrell?
While the LA Clippers still have Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, the gap between them and the defending champion Lakers has grown this offseason in part because of Harrell.
He was the Sixth Man of the Year last season and averaged 18.6 points, 7.1 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks per game while shooting 58 percent from the field in a career season.
Montrezl Harrell now has a chance to win the first championship of his career while playing alongside LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Dennis Schroder, Marc Gasol, Kyle Kuzma, Wesley Matthews, and more.
The Lakers will be the title favorite, while the Clippers and everyone else in the Western Conference are the challengers. Especially now that they’ve taken Harrell from their crosstown rivals.