Reigning NBA Sixth Man of the Year Montrezl Harrell signing two-year deal with Lakers
The animosity between two intra-city rivals just took a dramatic turn because of what happened at the negotiating table.
After winning the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year Award with the Los Angeles Clippers, Montrezl Harrell agreed to a two-year, $20 million deal to play for the Lakers, Harrell's agent, Rich Paul of Klutch Sports, told USA TODAY Sports.
The move elicited a response from Clippers guard Patrick Beverley, whose post on Twitter, which featured face-palm and cursing face emojis accompanied by the word "what," captured his emotions well. (Beverley added in a follow-up tweet that he was "happy for" Harrell.)
It seems understandable why the Clippers would be a bit surprised by Harrell's move to the Lakers.
The Lakers acquired a player that posted career highs in points (18.6) and rebounds (7.1) last season with the Clippers. Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka had talked about wanting to further enhance his championship roster.
The team had already acquired NBA Sixth Man of the Year candidate Dennis Shröder from Oklahoma City for Danny Green and the No. 28th pick. The Lakers then found their wing replacement by agreeing to a one-year deal with former Milwaukee Bucks guard Wesley Matthews. Meanwhile, the Clippers are reeling after squandering a 3-1 playoff series lead to the Denver Nuggets, which led to coach Doc Rivers being let go.
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The Lakers did not exactly acquire a perfect player. Harrell does not offer the same kind of rim protection as Dwight Howard, who tweeted he had agreed to return to the Lakers before deleting the announcement and agreeing to a deal with the Philadelphia 76ers. Harrell also struggled in the playoffs following the death of his grandmother.
Montrezl Harrell is signing a two-year deal with the Los Angeles Lakers. (Photo: John Hefti, USA TODAY Sports)
Still, the Lakers acquired a player that offers toughness, secondary scoring and a team-first mindset – all at the expense of a Clippers team that has forever struggled for relevancy in a city that remains enamored with the Lakers.
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