Montrezl Harrell still has until July 31 to decide whether or not he wants to opt in to the second year of the two-year deal he signed with the Los Angeles Lakers last offseason, but as of Thursday, we know which way he’s leaning.
According to Eric Pincus of Bleacher Report, Harrell will likely be picking up his player option for the 2021-22 season. Pincus reported as much in his breakdown of what’s next for Chris Paul, but no matter where Paul decides to go next, the below reporting (emphasis mine) is relevant as it pertains to the Lakers:
Schroder will decide his fate as an unrestricted free agent, regardless of what L.A. might prefer. The Lakers could try to executive a similar move with Caruso or Horton-Tucker, or one for Paul without a sign-and-trade built around Montrezl Harrell, Kuzma and Caldwell-Pope. That would require Harrell to pick up his $9.7 million player option, which might not be an issue. The most recent intel on Harrell suggests he may be leaning toward opting in.