Montrezl Harrell: “Clippers did not want me back”

One of the most surprising trade this NBA offseason was the move of Montrezl Harrell to join the Los Angeles Lakers from rival LA Clippers.

Although he made his name for himself in LA after arriving from the Houston Rockets as part of the Chris Paul trade in 2017.

The Clippers took their good time of re-signing Montrezl Harrell. For the 2020 NBA Sixth Man of the Year awardee, it felt like the organization wanted him back:

“If you spend your career in any place long enough, you’re going to want to continue playing there and growing there,” Harrell said at a Zoom media session via the Associated Press.

“Of course, I still have great respect for those guys and for that organization. But as far as if they wanted me back? Obviously, it just doesn’t seem that way, does it?”

According to reports, Clippers were in good position over the Lakers in re-signing Harrell if they wanted to but they let the sixth man of the year to leave and join rivals. Although Clippers did sign Serge Ibaka from Raptors as a possible replacement for Harell.

Later same day the news broke out, Harrell did sign a two-year contract worth more than $19 million with LA Lakers.