Montrezl Harrell (26) left the Rockets in 2017 as part of the loot the Clippers took from the Chris Paul trade. In LA he stood out and last season he became the Best Sixth Man in the NBA (18.6 points and 7.1 rebounds per game). In the free agent market, many were counting on him to remain with the Clippers … but he has chosen to move to the other Staples Center locker room and sign for the Lakers, who are made with him for two years and about 19 million dollars.
The signing of power forward by the NBA champion is a major surprise. Harrell brings energy in attack, plenty of play completion and instinct to go to the basket after blocking. But he is a very weak player on defense (something that does not seem to fit with Frank Vogel’s philosophy) and that he suffered a lot, for example, while the Nuggets rallied 3-1 over the Clippers. Now in any case change the sidewalk in Los Angeles and will play with LeBron James and Anthony Davis.
Wesley Matthews will also play for the Lakers
Not in vain had Rob Pelinka, the architect of the champion Lakers with LeBron James and Anthony Davis, said these days that they were going to fight by all means the complacency that often invades the winner and that they were going to forge a project that would continue to be a winner. . And of course, the Angelenos have not rested on their laurels: as soon as transfers could be made, they took Dennis Schröder. And as soon as free agency opened, they confirmed what had been a rumor in recent days: Wesley Matthews leaves Milwaukee for LA
The son of a champion with the Lakers (Wes Matthews, in 1987 and 1988), Matthews is a 34-year-old shooting guard. Already a veteran, he will sign for a season and $ 3.6 million. He will seek the title he failed to win with the Bucks last season. Before he played in the Utah Jazz, Portland Trail Blazers (where he stood out), Dallas Mavericks … he has a good hand on the outside and, above all, he is a very tough defensive specialist in one on one. A great reinforcement, therefore, for the defensive and armored style proposed by Frank Vogel.