Montrezl Harrell averaged 13.5 points and 6.2 rebounds on 62.2% shooting in his first season in purple and gold and it does not look like he will be back. He has a $9.72 million player-option for next season, but it’s far from a foregone conclusion that he’ll opt into that.
“Brother man, you’re digging a little bit too deep into what I don’t have answers to. Nice try, but like I told you man, the game just ended last night. I’m about to go home and be a dad. You want to know about that, you can ask questions about that,” Harrell said. “But as far as my future with being a Lakers basketball player, we’ll worry about that later when free agency time rolls around, brother.”
The biggest indication that he might be gone is what he posted on his Instagram story where he seemingly put the team on blast for how he was used against the Phoenix Suns in their first round loss.
The former Sixth Man of the Year only featured in four games against the Suns while averaging a mere 9.8 minutes per night.
“I just finished year six, so I’m a little bit further advanced, so I kind of know what my game is a little bit in this league, and I know what I want to work on as a player,” Harrell said. “At the end of the day, you’re auditioning for every team in this league. Like, that’s just what it is. There’s not a lot of guys who just have a say of where they can pick and play, and we all know that.”