New Los Angeles Lakers center Montrezl Harrell suggested the Los Angeles Clippers didn't show a big interest in getting him back for the next season and that led to him signing with the Purple and Gold. Harrell, who was coming off the bench for the Clippers last season, was one of the most effective and productive players on the team as he averaged 18.6 points and 7.1 rebounds.
"I mean, that goes without saying," Harrell, 26, responded, when asked whether the Clippers wanted him back. "Apparently not if I'm on the other side. So it is what it is, really." "I feel that if you spend your career in any place long enough, you're going to want to still keep playing there and keep growing there," Harrell said.
"So, of course I still have great respect for those guys and for that organization. But like I said, as far as they wanted me back, obviously it doesn't seem that way, does it?"
Harrell could have signed with another team
The Lakers weren't the only team interested in signing Harrell as several other teams showed interest in signing the 26-year-old center.
Harrell thought that the Lakers -- who won the NBA title last season -- were the best choice for him. "Honestly, it's a business decision," Harrell said when asked why he decided to play for the Lakers out of several teams vying for his services.
"I felt that it was the right decision for me. I talked to my family and, you know, it's where we decided I wanted to go. Simple as that. ... I'm definitely going to be with a team that wanted me." Clippers guard Patrick Beverley couldn't believe when Harrell replaced the Clippers with their rivals Lakers.
The Lakers got Harrell at a relatively cheap deal as the 26-year-old center signed a two-year, $19 million deal with the Purple and Gold. "They understand the business," Harrell said. "I learned the business from those guys, man.
Guys like Lou who have been traded multiple times in one season, a guy like Pat who I played the majority of my career with, who I ended up being in a trade with. They understand and they basically taught me that this is a business no matter [what].
If you're not one of our top-tier players in the league, which we all know who those players are, everybody is expendable." The Lakers lost center Dwight Howard after the free agency kicked off but Harrell will be more than a good replacement.