Philadelphia 76ers have agreed to a two-year contract with free agent Montrezl Harrell
The Philadelphia 76ers have always been plagued by backup center minutes. From Greg Monroe, Deandre Jordan, and overpaying Al Horford, they have never seemed to be able to address the issue.
Philadelphia 76ers sign Montrezl Harrell to a two-year deal, including a player option
The common theme of the Sixers’ offseason acquisitions has been toughness. That is exactly what they will be getting from the former Sixth Man of the Year, Montrezl Harrell.
Harrell is signing a two-year contract with the 76ers, including a player option.
While Adrian Wojnarowski didn’t specify the terms of the agreement, it’s safe to assume Harrell’s deal with be worth the veteran’s minimum since Philly has already used their full mid-level exception and a bi-annual exception to sign P.J. Tucker and Danuel House.
This deal came less than a week after the word broke out that the felony charge Harrell was dealing with was reduced to a misdemeanor possession charge.
If Harrell remains in good legal standing for the next year, the misdemeanor charge will be removed from his record. Harrell was initially charged after the police found three pounds of marijuana in his vehicle during a traffic stop in Kentucky.
Side Note: Stop arresting people for weed. NBA players stop carrying so much weed around. Pay someone to do that for you. Thanks.
Much like when Andre Drummond arrived in Philly, the 76ers’ newest backup center has quite the history with Joel Embiid. The two got into a fight when the 76ers played the Wizards last season.
Also Worth Noting: According to Woj, “James Harden played a part in bringing Harrell to Philadelphia too— both with his contract creating roster flexibility and recruiting him to take on the role of backup center with the Sixers. They have history together with the Rockets.
We’ll see how this move impacts the 76ers younger players, including both Paul Reed and Charles Bassey. I’m fairly certain that there are people on social media already complaining that both Reed and Bassey will likely miss valuable playing time thanks to the addition of Harrell.
It’s possible that Reed could see time as a backup 4 on the 76ers this season, but considering the offseason additions to this team, I wouldn’t hold your breath.
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