Former NBA player for the Charlotte Hornets (USA), Montrezl Dashay Harrell is a native of the United States (NBA). He was a basketball star for the Louisville Cardinals in college. In 2015, while still a junior, Harrell was recognized as the best power forward in the country by being awarded the Karl Malone Trophy.
Houston’s Rockets picked him up in the second round of the 2015 NBA draft. The Los Angeles Clippers acquired him in 2017, and in 2020 he won the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year award.
The second year of the deal between the Sixers and free agent big man Montrezl Harrell is reportedly a player option, as reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN on Twitter.
Despite Wojnarowski’s silence on the contract’s details, Philadelphia has used up its whole mid-level exception and bi-annual exception to sign P.J. Tucker and Danuel House, respectively, leaving the team with little wiggle room below the hard cap. Because of this, it is reasonable to expect that Harrell will be offered a deal at the veteran’s minimum.
Harrell could make a base salary of $2,463,490 in 2022–23 and a player option of $2,760,026 in 2023–24 if he signs a minimum salary contract. The Sixers’ contract with Harrell was announced less than a week after it became public that the felony drug trafficking indictment against him.
Kentucky had been reduced to a misdemeanor possession charge. Following 12 months of good behavior, the misdemeanor charge against the 28-year-old will be expunged from his record.
It all started in Richmond, Kentucky, when Harrell was pulled over for a traffic violation and officers discovered three pounds of marijuana in his car. It took him over two months to find a new NBA team after spending last year with Washington and Charlotte, suggesting that his legal troubles were hampering his free agent market.
ESPN story on center Montrezl Harrell agreeing to a two-year, $5.2M deal with the Philadelphia 76ers: https://t.co/qkfAmXcIbV
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) September 6, 2022
Harrell, an NBA veteran of seven seasons, played in 71 games for the Wizards and Hornets in 2021-22, averaging 13.1 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 2.0 assists in 23.1 minutes per game on 64.5% shooting. As recently as 2020, he was honored as the Clippers’ Sixth Man of the Year.
As a backup to MVP candidate and injury-prone center Joel Embiid, Harrell will provide the 76ers solid depth at the five positions. Former starters Dwight Howard, Andre Drummond, and DeAndre Jordan are no longer under contract with the franchise, leaving Embiid’s backup duties to rookie players Paul Reed and Charles Bassey.
Once assured spots on the regular season roster for Reed and Bassey, they are now less certain now that Harrell is signed. The 76ers will have 13 guaranteed players if Harrell’s contract is fully guaranteed, with Trevelin Queen, Isaiah Joe, Reed, and Bassey on partially guaranteed or non-guaranteed agreements. As many as two players will need to be moved or cut before the season opener.
The Houston Rockets used the 32nd pick in the second round of the 2015 NBA draft to select guard Montrezl Harrell. When he joined the Rockets on September 19, 2015, it was for three years.
On October 28, in the Rockets’ season opener against the Denver Nuggets, he made his NBA debut, scoring eight points and grabbing three rebounds in the team’s 105-85 loss. Against the Golden State Warriors two days later, he put up 17 points in a losing effort.
The Rockets lost 107-98 to the Denver Nuggets on his first career start on November 13. He played just under 13 minutes and scored five points. Harrell was suspended for five games without pay on March 28, 2016, for initiating contact with a game referee. The Rio Grande Valley Vipers, the Rockets’ developmental league team, sent him there several times during his rookie year.
Harrell came off the bench to score 17 points and grab 10 rebounds in a 118-99 victory over the New York Knicks on November 2, 2016. Harrell made his season debut and his second career starts on December 21 against the Phoenix Suns.
That led to him matching his career high in points with 17. His 29 points against the Los Angeles Clippers on December 30 were a new career high. His team won, 140-116. In a 129-122 victory over the Toronto Raptors on January 8, 2017, he scored 28 points in 26 minutes off the bench on 12-of-13 shooting.
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