This 12 months’s free company has already had a couple of surprises and the Los Angeles Lakers have been concerned in a few them. Shortly after shedding Dwight Howard to the Philadelphia 76ers, the Lakers pulled off a giant transfer. In line with Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the workforce is signing reigning Sixth Man of the Yr Montrezl Harrell.
Free agent Montrezl Harrell has agreed to a two-year cope with the Los Angeles Lakers, agent Wealthy Paul of @KlutchSports tells ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 21, 2020
It’s secure to say that no person noticed this transfer coming as Harrell hasn’t been linked to the Lakers in any rumors. Nevertheless, this can be a huge transfer for them. He in all probability isn’t a direct substitute for Howard however he’s an improve nonetheless. Harrell is coming off a profession 12 months with the Clippers the place he averaged 18.6 factors and seven.1 rebounds a sport whereas coming off the bench. Not solely does this transfer make the Lakers higher, but it surely additionally makes the Clippers worse.
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Lakers Have Sixth Man of the Yr & Runner Up
With this signing, the Lakers now have the reigning Sixth Man of the Yr in Harrell and the runner up in Dennis Schroder. Time will inform if each males will come off the bench, but when they do, the Lakers can have arguably one of the best bench within the NBA.
There’s nonetheless loads that may occur this offseason but it surely’s laborious to think about one other workforce forming a greater roster than what Los Angeles has performed. They’ve bought one of the best duo within the NBA and simply gave them Harrell and Schroder. Free company isn’t even completed but so the Lakers can preserve getting higher. Harrell doesn’t match an enormous want however he’s an ideal participant and brings the workforce a fourth scoring possibility.
Patrick Beverley Reacts to Information
As comfortable because the Lakers are proper now, the Clippers are in all probability simply as mad. They’ve performed nearly nothing this offseason. They traded for Luke Kennard, who is an efficient shooter, however he’s not an enormous improve. Patrick Beverley reacted to the information and clearly wasn’t comfortable.
— Patrick Beverley (@patbev21) November 21, 2020
Beverley is notorious for crowning the Clippers as champions final offseason after they signed Paul George and Kawhi Leonard. He’s in all probability feeling loads totally different now. It is a large slap within the face to the Clippers. Final season, each time the Lakers have been linked to a participant, it appeared just like the Clippers swooped up and bought them.
It’s now utterly flipped. The Lakers simply stole one among their finest gamers and have upgraded in different spots. The Clippers have been broadly thought-about the favorites to win all of it final season. That’s not going to be the case this 12 months.
In line with Farbod Esnaashari, the workforce is “shocked” by the information.
Clippers gamers are legitimately shocked that Montrezl Harrell signed with the Los Angeles Lakers. They did not count on this.
— Farbod Esnaashari (@Farbod_E) November 21, 2020
With this deal, the Lakers have as soon as once more cemented their spots because the kings of Los Angeles. Clearly, there’s nonetheless a season to be performed and the Clippers may nonetheless add expertise. Nevertheless, they poked the bear and are actually struggling the results.
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