The Los Angeles Lakers traded Montrezl Harrell to the Washington Wizards this past offseason in the deal that netted them Russell Westbrook.
It also led to Anthony Davis not inviting him to his wedding.
This week, Harrell was at it again.
“I didn’t really get to be utilized how I wanted to be last year,” he said during a media session this week. “I damn near felt like I had a season off.”
Fresh off a Sixth Man of the Year campaign one season earlier, Harrell really struggled to make a different with the Lakers last year. He averaged 13.5 points and 6.2 rebounds in 22.9 minutes per game over the course of the season – figures noticeably lower than the ones he recorded with the LA Clippers.
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The icing on the cake proved to be the playoffs. Harrell saw no playing time at all in Games 2 and 3 against the Phoenix Suns, and then played limited minutes in the remaining outings. Most of his playing time ultimately went to Andre Drummond and Marc Gasol – both of whom left the Lakers with a lot of drama.
It will be interesting to see how Harrell ultimately fares with the Wizards. Clearly he blames the Lakers for his struggles last season. If they really were responsible, then he should have a really strong 2021-22 campaign. And if he doesn’t, then it should give him a definitive answer on who was truly responsible for his failures last season.