Montrezl Harrell is weighing his NBA future and is reportedly on the fence about returning to the Los Angeles Lakers next season on a $9.7 million player option.
Harrell had an uneven first season with the Lakers that did not go as planned. He averaged 13.5 points and 6.2 rebounds on 62.2% shooting, but failed to make an impact down the stretch, not even getting on the court for some of the Lakers playoff games.
The Lakers have been looking to improve the roster, and even if Harrell does decide to opt-in, the team could decide to move him, with his salary being an important part of making the money work. The Lakers have reportedly been discussing a trade with the Kings and Harrell was mentioned in “variations” of the deal, per Michael Scotto of Hoops Hype, who also noted Harrell is 50-50 about exercising his player option.
Harrell could exercise his player option and be traded. The Lakers and Kings have discussed a deal centered on Kyle Kuzma and Buddy Hield, as The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported. Multiple league sources told HoopsHype that Harrell and the Lakers’ 22nd overall pick were also discussed in variations of the trade talks centered around Kuzma and Hield.
Harrell’s insertion into trade talks with the Kings is noteworthy as Richaun Holmes enters unrestricted free agency this summer.