The Los Angeles Lakers have made a few significant moves in the past couple of weeks. This time they added an important free agent. According to recent reports, NBA big man Montrezl Harrell has agreed to sign a deal with the Lakers.
Adrian Wojnarowski was among the first to report about Harrell’s trade. He reported that Harrell has agreed to sign a two-year deal with the team. His agent, Rich Paul told ESPN about the agreement. It’s a $19 million deal for Harrell, and he also has a deal for the second year.
The 26-year-old has spent the past three seasons with the Los Angeles Clippers. In other words, the Lakers will get one of the players their city rivals had last season.
Montrezl Harrell to have a big role with the Lakers
In 2019-20, Harrell had an important role with the team. Some NBA analysts said that the Clippers are actually favorites to win the title. Harrell was averaging 18.6 points and 7.1 rebounds per game while shooting 58.0 percent from the field with the Clippers.
Harrell measures at 6 feet 8, 240 pounds. He will probably be the team’s new backup center. Moreover, Harrell will also give the Lakers more depth at the 4 spot.
Analysts have praised Harrell’s ability to rebound. He runs the floor and finishes strong at the rim. This will be of great help for the defending champions. His feistiness may come as a surprise to many fans.
LeBron James will probably build an instant relationship with his new teammate. He has the ability to help his teammates improve their skills, and Harrell won’t be an exception. Let’s see how will Harrell fit in the new roster. Lakers fans are definitely excited to see him put on a purple and gold uniform.
LA has made a lot of moves, and the trade for Dennis Schroder from the Oklahoma City Thunder is probably the biggest. Lakers GM Rob Pelinka won’t stop here, and he will probably go after a few more players.