Montrezl Harrell joined the Los Angeles Lakers as one of the most significant offseason additions last summer. Unfortunately, Harrell’s first campaign quickly became a rollercoaster experience. With that behind him, the former Sixth Man of the Year may now have dropped a massive hint at his future with the Lakers.
Montrezl Harrell experiences bumpy first season with the Lakers
The Lakers surprisingly added Harrell to the mix last offseason on a two-year, $18.9 million deal.
Harrell quickly found a significant role off the bench, adding a much-needed scoring punch to the frontcourt. He finished the season averaging 13.5 points and 6.2 rebounds on 62.2% shooting from the floor.
His playing time fluctuated while he took on a more significant offensive role when Anthony Davis missed nearly two months due to a calf injury. Harrell’s best stretch came in March as he averaged 19.5 points and 7.8 rebounds on 64.6% shooting from the field. He posted more than 20 points seven times and double figures scoring in all but twice in 13 games played during that span.
However, his role diminished near the tail end of the regular season and into the playoffs. Harrell played in only postseason four games averaging 5.8 points and 2.5 rebounds on 57.1% shooting in 9.8 minutes per contest.
All of those factors may have played a part in dropping a recent hint concerning his NBA future.
Montrezl Harrell drops a revealing hint concerning his Lakers future
Harrell finished his first season with the Lakers, and not on the best terms.
The veteran big man saw his role steadily diminish, resulting in serious questions concerning his long-term future. He holds a roughly $9.7 million player option for the 2021-22 season, which he has until July 31 to either pick up or decline.
With Harrell’s future in his hands, he may have dropped a revealing hint concerning his plans as he took to Instagram to thank Lakers fans and the organization.
“As the page turns on year 6, I sit back and just say thank you for it all the Ups, The downs, highs, and lows,” Harrell wrote. “Because at the end of the day I am blessed to wake up every day and play a game that I love and call it my job! A lot people have to wake up and go into work environments that they can’t stand to be in day in and day out but not me I get to go out live my life playing a game that I love and take care of the ones I love.
“I couldn’t ask the man upstairs for anything better. Yes, the season didn’t end how I wanted it to and the road was rocky I am still grateful through it all. Thank you Lakersnation and The Purple and Gold Franchise for allowing me to add another page in the book of Trezz.”
The end of the caption draws the most attention as it evokes the sense of finality to his tenure with Los Angeles. His control over his fate makes the comments intriguing and potentially unveils his mindset heading into the offseason. Time will tell what lies ahead as he will only operate in his best interest moving forward.
Other crucial roster decisions lie ahead
Beyond Harrell’s future, the Lakers hold several other pressing roster decisions.
Key contributors such as Dennis Schroder, Andre Drummond, Alex Caruso, and Talen Horton-Tucker will become free agents. Schroder voiced desire to return to Los Angeles, but there isn’t any clarity on whether the team holds mutual interest.
Meanwhile, the Lakers may likely make strong pushes to keep Drummond, Caruso, and Horton-Tucker as part of the core group. Much will change in the coming months, but it’s clear that the front office has much work ahead.
Contract figures courtesy of Spotrac.