Montrezl Harrell Agrees to 5.2M Contract After Hornets Stint

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Montrezl Harrell helped lead the Charlotte Hornets to the play-in tournament last season, but he is headed elsewhere for 2022-23. The big man agreed to a two-year, $5.2 million contract with the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

There was a time when adding a player of Harrell’s caliber would have been among the headline moves of the offseason. The 28-year-old was at his best as a member of the Los Angeles Clippers for three seasons from 2017-18 through 2019-20.

He took home the Sixth Man of the Year during his final season with the team while averaging 18.6 points, 7.1 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks per game. Harrell chose to join the Los Angeles Lakers the following offseason in what seemed like a major move. While he put up solid numbers in 2020-21 with 13.5 points and 6.2 rebounds a night, he largely fell out of the Purple and Gold’s primary rotation.

The Louisville product averaged less than 10 minutes per game in a first-round loss to the Phoenix Suns and didn’t even appear in Games 2 or 3.

While Harrell wasn’t exactly the double-double threat who was the league’s best bench player with the Clippers, he still put up decent numbers in Charlotte. He averaged 11.4 points and 4.9 rebounds in 21 minutes per game across 25 contests. Of note, Harrell was arrested on a felony drug charge in June. However, that charge was recently reduced to a misdemeanor, according to Wojnarowski.

Harrell had charges of marijuana trafficking reduced to a misdemeanor possession in a Madison County Courthouse recently. A charge will be expunged from his record after 12 months if Harrell gets in no further legal trouble.” Says Wojnarowski .

With that as a background, it isn’t surprising Philadelphia chose to sign him.