NBA Free Agency 2020: The Sixth Man of the year Montrezl Harrell is likely to shift from the LA Clippers and sign a deal with the LA Lakers, according to Shams Charania.
His agent Rich Paul confirmed the terms of the deal to ESPN. The deal is for two years and $19 million with an option for the second season. The Lakers used the mid-level exception on the deal. Hence, their salary cap will not be affected.
Harrell spent the last three seasons with the Clippers, rising as one of the NBA’s best bench players.
He averaged 18.6 points and 7.1 rebounds last season while rendering additions off the bench for an LA Clippers team that reached the second round of the postseason. They lost to Denver Nuggets.
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.
NBA and LA Lakers legend Magic Johnson feels good about this deal:
With the additions of Montrezl Harrell, Dennis Schroder and Wes Matthews Jr., the @Lakers will be younger and more talented than last seasons’s championship team and on their way to a repeat!
— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) November 21, 2020
What kind of deal will the LA Lakers offer to Harrell?
Few teams were expected to have significant cap space coming into the 2020 offseason. That number diminished more due to COVID-19, and many teams have naturally been conservative with their spending.
He could sign a short-term deal coming off a career year, with aspirations of keeping the same form and entering the open market in a more steady financial environment.
He could also prefer a deal that provides him with the most amount of financial security in uncertain times.
This is a good piece of business by both sides given how inconstant the free-agent market is.