The Philadelphia 76ers reportedly landed a veteran free agent on Tuesday, with the best big man still in the market.
The Philadelphia 76ers reportedly landed veteran free agent Montrezl Harrell on Tuesday, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Harrell will be a good addition to Philadelphia and help take the pressure off Joel Embiid, one of the Sixers’ most successful players.
During the regular season last year, Harrell averaged 13.1 points, 6.1 rebounds, two assists and 23.1 minutes per game. He’s nowhere near as effective as Embiid, but he’s a good stopgap off the bench and his pick-and-roll game will help James Harden.
His signature was probably delayed by a criminal case in Kentucky. Harrell was arrested last spring and found with several bags of marijuana in his car. He was initially charged with trafficking, which could have resulted in up to five years in prison. This accusation was eventually reduced to a crimeopening the door for the 76ers to sign him.
James Harden helped bring Montrezl Harrell into the 76ers
According to Wojnarowski, Harden was instrumental in bringing Harrell into the 76ers.
Wojnarowski tweeted, “James Harden was also instrumental in bringing Harrell to Philadelphia – both with his contract creating roster flexibility and recruiting him to take on the backup center role with the Sixers. They have a history with the Rockets.
Harrell also has a history with Embiid, but in a completely different way. The two played against each other last season and were clearly angry at each other, grabbing each other by the shirt before being pulled apart.
Harrell was ejected and according to NBC Sports Philadelphia, he had no regrets about his actions. Hopefully the two will get along better as teammates.