I have not read anywhere that Montrezl Harrell could leave the Clippers, after all the Clippers were the team
that gave him a shot after suffering a forgettable stint in Houston where he had nowhere near close to the role that he has now in Los Angeles. I am not saying he will leave the Clippers but there is a possibility, the Clippers really only have Paul George and Kawhi Leonard locked in for this season and the following and then Paul George and Kawhi Leonard will have the opportunity to either test free-agency or opt in to the last year of their current contracts. Montrezl Harrell is 26 years old and in the midst of his prime at the moment, does he really want to continue to come off the bench when he could possibly have a starting role elsewhere. Most label Montrezl Harrell as a energy bunny off the bench who can hit the boards and score in a variety of ways down low. Montrezl Harrell is a rare player because usually players who bring what he brings to the table are usually not good scorers but Harrell can score with the best of them and is averaging 18 points per game off the bench for the Los Angeles Clippers not to mention he is a 6th man of the year candidate along with his own teammate Lou Williams who has been a perennial winner of the award throughout his career.
Assuming the Clippers lose in the playoffs this season I’ll assume they won’t just want to run it back with the same roster next season. So far this season they have developed a reputation for being a team that lacks chemistry with their two top players Paul George and Kawhi Leonard not getting enough reps during this shortened regular season. Let’s not forget Montrezl Harrell,Patrick Beverley,Lou Williams and Landry Shamet were four of the Clippers’s main players which helped them push the high powered Golden State Warriors to a surprising 6 games in last year’s first round of the Western Conference Playoffs. There were rumors early on several Clippers were upset Kawhi Leonard and Paul George were receiving preferential treatment and allowed to miss back to back games, fast forward until now and I still feel something feels off about this Clipper team. There seems to be no unity and to add on two players in Paul George and Kawhi Leonard which were complete unknowns to a lot of the pieces from last year won’t guarantee success. Montrezl Harrell will be a free-agent and most would bank on him sticking around but don’t be shocked if he takes an exit out of Clipper land.
At the end of the day the NBA is a business and Montrezl Harrell must look out for himself or no one else will. The Clippers will have to offer Marcus Morris some money also which could mean the Clippers will come at Montrezl Harrell with a contract offer which could be easily matched by other NBA teams looking to acquire his services. I think in the right situation Montrezl Harrell can become an all-star and maybe he’ll never be an All-NBA player or perennial all-star but he has the capability to be the third best player on a contender and should not settle for a bench role on the Clippers let alone take less money to stay in Los Angeles. One team which intrigues me for Montrezl Harrell is the Phoenix Suns, more than likely the Suns miss the playoffs this season but I like the fit alongside Deandre Ayton for Montrezl Harrell. The Phoenix Suns seem to lack a veteran voice in the locker-room and I believe Montrezl can bring that and more to Phoenix and rub some of that toughness and intensity off on Deandre Ayton and Devin Booker who could use it. Other teams like the Boston Celtics could make sense as well as they need some size and rebounding down low but Phoenix would be perfect I believe and they could offer him a nice hefty contract.
To conclude for all I know Montrezl Harrell remains on the Clippers but the era of loyalty in the NBA is over, this isn’t the 1990’s era where a player remained with an organization long-term just to not ruffle feathers. You can hate LeBron James all you want for starting the wave of free-agents taking their career into their own hands but I am all for it, sometimes you give your all to an organization and they trade you away in a heartbeat or maybe they don’t compensate you with the amount of money you feel you earned after all the hard-work and dedication you put in. From a small documentary I saw on Montrezl Harrell I realized he has had a chip on his shoulder his whole entire life, they once wanted him to just rebound and block shots at the rim in high-school and he worked hard and became a dominant scorer. I also learned Montrezl Harrell is a father to multiple children so that financial security is a must as his free-agency looms and I have no doubt he won’t be taking a pay-cut to remain a Clipper. To sum everything up nothing in life is guaranteed and Montrezl must secure as much money as possible because he might not see another contract if heavens forbid he suffers a career threatening injury, we shall see what decision Montrezl Harrell make soon, till next time.