NBA Rumor: Montrezl Harrell Trade?
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Montrezl Harrell on being traded: ‘This is a business honestly. I think this is my third time, and my first time I realized it was a business. The first time I was told I wasn’t going to be on a trade, then I got traded. It’s a business and in this game there is not too many guys who can just pick and choose where they want to go. Only the top five, 10 guys can do that. But you understand this is a business and you basically just look at a new opportunity to come somewhere and just be able to impose your presence.
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Charlotte Hornets President of Basketball Operations & General Manager Mitch Kupchak announced today that the team has acquired center Montrezl Harrell from the Washington Wizards in exchange for center Vernon Carey Jr., guard Ish Smith and the Boston Celtics’ 2023 second-round pick, which is top-45 protected.
Montrezl Harrell to Charlotte
Shams Charania: Washington is finalizing sending Montrezl Harrell to Charlotte, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Charlotte is acquiring Washington center Montrezl Harrell for Vernon Carey and Ish Smith, sources tell ESPN.
Montrezl Harrell on Wizards’ struggles: ‘It f------ sucks’
The Wizards have now lost seven of eight games and in this one went down by as many as 36. When asked for the mood in the locker room as they navigate a low point, Montrezl Harrell didn’t pull any punches. “It sucks, bro. That’s the mood of the team. It [expletive] sucks. Coming in here and teams are basically beating our [expletive] from start to finish. So, it sucks, man,” Harrell said. “Nobody likes losing. Everyone in our locker room is competitive-minded people and love to compete and get after it. But it just sucks right now because over the last eight games we’ve played, we lost seven of them. That’s tough for anybody to withstand or have on their plate. So, that’s the energy in the room right now, it just [expletive] sucks.”
Harrell seemed to suggest the Wizards lack energy and effort. He is known for those things, but lately there have been complaints by head coach Wes Unseld Jr. and others about a lack of urgency. Harrell seems to be particularly bothered by it. “I don’t know, but I’m tired of hearing the energy thing, bro. If you can’t energize yourself or fire yourself up to be able to come here to play the game of basketball, bro, which is your job and you make a lot of money to do it, brother, then you’re in the wrong field, man. I’m tired of hearing that,” Harrell said.
Montrezl Harrell, Spencer Dinwiddie, Thomas Bryant available for trade
Word is Montrezl Harrell, Thomas Bryant and especially struggling offseason addition Spencer Dinwiddie are all available to various degrees.
The Wizards recently made outgoing calls assessing Harrell’s trade value, while Bryant has played in their last nine games—starting twice—after not seeing action all season. Rival teams believe Washington is showcasing Bryant ahead of the deadline. The Pacers front office was high on Hachimura ahead of the 2019 draft, sources said, while Indiana was also considering Gonzaga’s Kispert at No. 13 before selecting Chris Duarte, which allowed the Wizards to draft Kispert two picks later.
Zach Lowe: The names I’ve heard most are Dinwiddie, who just hasn’t played very well, and Montrezl Harrell obviously because there’s just a logjam at center now that Thomas Bryant is back.
Washington making Montrezl Harrell available?
it’s difficult to imagine a deal structure that doesn’t send either Deni Avdija or Rui Hachimura back to the Pistons. Montrezl Harrell’s expiring $9.7 million contract can help make the salaries match, and Harrell has been considered available for trade, according to league sources.
Bobby Marks: Here is what the 5 teamer looks like To WASH Kuzma KCP Harrell Dinwiddie A. Holiday Rights to I. Todd (#31) To LAL Westbook To BKN 2024 2nd 2025 2nd (right to swap with GSW or WAS) $11.5M Trade Exception To IND Rights to I. Jackson (#22) To SAS C. Hutchison 2022 2nd (WAS)
Bobby Marks: Because there is no salary incoming, Brooklyn does not have to match salary. The Dinwiddie money was added to Kuzma, KCP, Harrell, Holiday to match the Westbrook contract. $49.7M to WASH $44.1M to LAL That falls within 125%
explained why the Brooklyn Nets could throw a wrench in their plan. “It came really strong over the weekend; I know Shams Charania and Fred Katz also reported it at The Athletic, so it clearly got around the league and is something that’s been rumored and talked about,” Fischer said. “But I’m not so sure if it’s entirely happening right now. It doesn’t sound like there’s much interest from Brooklyn in this current state to take back Kyle Kuzma or Montrezl Harrell in a sign-and-trade, and that’s a necessary piece that would have to happen in order for Washington to get Spencer Dinwiddie at a number that is more than the mid-level… I just don’t think the book is shut and the chapter is closed on Spencer Dinwiddie to Washington. But I do still think there’s absolutely mutual interest.”
Neil Dalal: Montrezl Harrell sounds like someone who expects to play for the Wizards and so does Kyle Kuzma pic.twitter.com/grM4WjkaTm
Kyle Kuzma, Montrezl Harrell on the move again?
According to a former Western Conference executive, the Wizards highly value Caldwell-Pope but may be open to either Kuzma, Harrell or both rerouted to another team. Would that team be Sacramento?
Wizards, Lakers agree to Russell Westbrook trade
Bobby Marks: Salary implications on a proposed Westbrook trade: To LAL Russell Westbrook 2021/22- $44.2M 2022/23- $47.1M (P) To WAS Kyle Kuzma 2021/22- $13M 2022/23- $13M 2023/24- $13M (P) Montrezl Harrell 2021/22- $9.7M KCP 2021/22- $13M 2022/23- $14M ($4.9M guaranteed)
Lakers nearing a deal to acquire Russell Westbrook
Adrian Wojnarowski: The Lakers are near a deal to acquire Washington’s Russell Westbrook for Kyle Kuzma, Montrezl Harrell, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and a 2021 first-round pick, sources tell ESPN.
Kyle Kuzma could be headed to D.C. as part of Westbrook trade
Shams Charania: The Lakers and Wizards are discussing a trade that would send Kyle Kuzma, Montrezl Harrell, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope for Westbrook, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium . The Lakers’ No. 22 pick in the Draft could be in play, too.
Adrian Wojnarowski: With Harrell opt-in, Lakers are able to to move toward completing a deal to acquire Kings guard Buddy Hield for forward Kyle Kuzma and Harrell, sources tell ESPN.
Adrian Wojnarowski: That trade still needs to be agreed upon, but there’s been momentum toward its ultimate completion, per sources.
22 Los Angeles Lakers: ZIAIRE WILLIAMS. League sources say this pick could go to the Kings in a deal involving Montrezl Harrell and Kyle Kuzma or Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. If the pick goes to Sacramento, a high-upside player is likely the move. Williams is raw and lean, but he’s a slick scorer off the dribble. However, if the Lakers keep their first-rounder, finding a player who can help right away will be a priority.
Alas, ESPN’s Marc Spears indicated that a Russell Westbrook sign-and-trade with Washington could be a possibility, and Charania indicated that a Buddy Hield deal might be in the works with Sacramento. Of all the scenarios for a supporting player believed to be in play, one source to the situation indicated the Hield deal — which would involve forward Kyle Kuzma and would also likely require Lakers forward Montrezl Harrell to opt in to the final year of his deal (worth $9.7 million) and be included — appears the most promising thus far.
Lakers shopped Dennis Schroeder and Montrezl Harrell last month due to uncertainty about their fit
The roster moves that looked so good in November, winning raves for the Lakers’ front office, haven’t panned out. Dennis Schröder and Montrezl Harrell have not proved capable of pinch-carrying the Lakers during the regular season when James and Davis are unavailable. I believed, as resolutely as the Lakers, that they would be, but Schröder and Harrell tend to be more concerned with their own scoring than anything else. When the Lakers explored the trade market for both last month, it seemed to confirm their own uncertainty about the fit.
Lakers open to discussing Dennis Schroeder, Montrezl Harrell and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope trades
Jake Fischer: Of note regarding the Kyle Lowry-Lakers rumors: It seems Los Angeles became open to discussing all of Dennis Schroder, Montrezl Harrell and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope with rival teams as of Monday night, and that chatter has not since quieted among league executives.
Montrezl Harrell available?
Kevin O’Connor: I’ve also heard that even Montrezl Harrell has been involved in some trade discussions as well.
Montrezl Harrell available?
The Hornets could find that frontcourt depth in Memphis’ Gorgui Dieng, whom the Grizzlies are looking to move before his contract expires at the end of the season. Charlotte has also called the Lakers about Montrezl Harrell, Los Angeles’ bruising center, sources said, and the reigning champions appear willing to entertain offers.
If those five aren’t making a play for Harrell, then the market will be a mid-level deal starting just below $10 million. Perhaps a contract starting in the $12-15 million range would be enough to get Harrell to return, provided the Clippers are so inclined. “I bet they will try to sign and trade Trez,” the executive said.
He is likely to command at least triple his current $6 million salary this summer, which, as it stands now, would push the Clippers into the luxury tax. While Harrell embodies the hard-nosed ethos owner Steve Ballmer grew to admire as a Detroit Pistons fan in his youth, the prospect of having him leave for nothing in return or being financially handcuffed for the foreseeable future could influence the Clippers’ deadline strategy, several opposing executives say.
“The Clippers have a real dilemma,” one Western Conference scout says. “Montrezl wants to get paid, but he does most of his damage against backups. If you already have Paul [George] and Kawhi [Leonard] on your books, can you pay him what he’s going to want?”
Sagar Trika: Lowe mentions Dallas as a potential buyer, but notes they don’t have picks to trade because of the Porzingis trade. Woj suggests Montrezl Harrell as a potential target because the Clippers may have concerns about having to pay him this upcoming offseason.
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