Report: Clippers players ‘shocked’ that Montrezl Harrell actually signed with Lakers

Robert Marvi
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On Friday, the Los Angeles Clippers were hit with a thunderbolt, as big man Montrezl Harrell left to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Understandably, members of the Clippers were shocked.

Harrell was the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year this past season for a team that was a frontrunner to win the NBA championship.

He averaged 18.6 points and 7.1 rebounds in 27.8 minutes a game and shot 58.0 percent from the field. He was a menacing presence in the paint for the Clippers, especially offensively and on the boards.

One of the chief reasons the Clippers were picked to win it all by many observers was their bench, which possessed not only Harrell but also guard Lou Williams, a three-time Sixth Man of the Year.

The loss creates a gaping hole in the Clippers’ rotation, as well as more uncertainty about their chances of contending this upcoming season.

Meanwhile, the Lakers will be getting a ferocious player who finishes well near the rim, runs the floor, rebounds well and is just 26 years of age.

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Robert is a native of Santa Monica, Calif., and a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has been an avid NBA fan since he was a little kid in the mid '90s and fell in love with the Nick Van Exel-led Lakers teams. He truly cherishes the Kobe Bryant-era of Lakers basketball and the five world championships that came with it, and is looking forward to the team's next NBA title.