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.
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.