Can Montrezl Harrell redeem himself in Year 2 with the 76ers?
Conversely, the Sixers’ other move — which went relatively unnoticed — wasn’t met with the same hospitality. Montrezl Harrell, who was largely a non-factor last season after a lengthy career as one of the league’s best big men off the bench, was perplexingly re-upped by Daryl Morey for another year.
This move comes off as quite the head-scratcher, especially with Paul Reed still available in the market. Instead, the 76ers are seemingly gearing up for the latter’s departure by re-signing Harrell for another go-around despite a once-obvious divorce after the former Sixth Man of the Year declined his player option to pursue free agency.
For all of Harrell’s merits, he is simply not an ideal fit for this Sixers squad. His tremendous per-minute production is inarguable, but the undersized center is a walking concession on the court — especially on the defensive end. Often, he gives up four or more inches to the opposing big man, leaving the team gasping at the middle and negating his efficient, yet severely limited offensive game predicated on his finishing ability.
Harrell’s weaknesses can be suppressed by surrounding him with willing and rangy defenders to help him cover ground. For all intents and purposes, the team doesn’t have an abundance of such, making the 29-year-old a dangling piece for the club. To be blunt, this move appears to be more of the front office settling.