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Montrezl Harrell Blasts Los Angeles Lakers In Instagram Story

A closeup of Montrezl Harrell.

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA - FEBRUARY 07: Montrezl Harrell #5 of the Los Angeles Clippers watches the action against the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on February 07, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Of all the storylines surrounding the Los Angeles Lakers since their playoff exit, none are more perplexing than Frank Vogel's use of 2020 Sixth Man of the Year Montrezl Harrell.

Just over a month after the Lakers won the 2020 NBA Finals, they bolstered their roster by stealing Harrell away from the Clippers. The 6-foot-7 forward was the NBA's best bench player last season. He averaged 18.6 points and 7.1 rebounds per game. Perhaps just as important as his on-court play is his ferocity.

For whatever reason, Harrell never found his footing with the Lakers, though. He played a small role during the regular-season and was practically a no-show during the Lakers' swift 2021 postseason. The 2020 Sixth Man of the Year is now expected to test free-agency waters, though he could end up accepting his $9.7-million player option with the Lakers for the 2021-22 season.

If Harrell does return to the Lakers, he'll need a few guarantees about how Vogel plans to use him next season. He called out the Lakers in his recent Instagram story. Take a look, courtesy of Clutch Points.

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Frank Vogel's usage of Montrezl Harrell was confusing for a number of reasons, particularly because the Lakers struggled to generate offense when Anthony Davis wasn't on the court.

Harrell is a bucket-getter, plain and simple. At the very least, he could've provided a spark against a Suns team that had the Lakers' number from the get-go.

If Harrell gets better an opportunity with another team this off-season, his days in Los Angeles will have probably come to an end. He's clearly not happy with how the Lakers played him this season.