F Harrell leaves Clippers for Lakers
The Los Angeles Lakers quickly moved on from the reported loss of backup big man Dwight Howard, accepting a two-year contract with NBA sixth man of the year Montrezl Harrell, ESPN.com reported on Friday.
The Athletic also reported that the Lakers are close to a deal with Harrell, a star with L.A.’s Crosstown rivals the Clippers.
Howard reportedly agreed to a one-year, $ 2.6 million contract with the Philadelphia 76ers.
Harrell posted career highs with 18.6 points, 7.1 rebounds and 27.8 minutes per game in 63 games (two starts) before last season’s hiatus. He did not play a regular season game after play resumed due to the death of his grandmother, after which his production slipped to 10.5 points, 2.9 rebounds and 18.7 minutes per game during the playoffs.
Harrell, 26, was a second-round pick by Houston in 2015 and played two seasons with the Rockets before joining the Clippers as part of the June 2017 trade that sent All-Star guard Chris Paul to the Rockets .
In five seasons, Harrell averaged 12.7 points and 4.9 rebounds in 318 games (25 starts).
The Harrell acquisition comes on the heels of the Lakers’ commercial takeover of Oklahoma City guard Dennis Schroder by the Lakers. Schroder was second in the sixth man of the year vote last season.
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