Montrezl Harrell capitalized on a fantastic 2019-20 campaign to become one of the most desired free agents around this past offseason. Ultimately, he signed a two-year, $18.9 million contract with the Los Angeles Lakers. It was a move that was widely applauded.
Given that players like Luke Kennard walked away with four-year, $64 million deal recently, it’s safe to say that a talent of Harrell’s caliber likely could have gotten a bigger deal than the one he received from the Lakers. That said, he saw something in the purple and gold that he thought would work well for him – and thus far he has been proven correct.
So far this year Harrell is averaging 12.9 points and 7.6 rebounds in 25 minutes per game for the Lakers. Recently, he opened up about why he and his new team have been such a perfect fit in the early going.
“It’s definitely a great feeling to have chemistry and the camaraderie that the guys have with one another already early in the season,” he said.
“Honestly, the only thing I think that’s going to happen is that it’s going to continue to grow. Guys, it’s a great vibe. It’s a great energy around us, man.”
Harrell also really loves the system he is in, and how it allows for players to thrive.
Paulina Gretzky knows what she’s doing.https://t.co/zfKrfjY8iP
— Game 7 (@game7__) January 3, 2021
“It’s really just being able to just play my game and just not being kind of told, ’You always got to be this, this or this.’ It’s kind of been the system I’ve kind of been playing in for a while. It’s got to be threes, layups or let’s get free throws. But that’s not like that over here,” he continued.
“They play to the style of everybody’s game, and we’re not looking at anybody that you have to do this, you got to do that, man. We play basketball over here with the Lakers. It’s a free-flowing game.”
Through seven games, the Lakers boast a record of 5-2. Harrell’s contributions are a big reason for why it has been such smooth sailing so far.
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