‘A Season Off’: Montrezl Harrell Takes a Huge Dig at the Lakers Accusing Them of Not Using Him Properly

Published 10/07/2021, 7:00 AM EDT
Oct 5, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Washington Wizards center Montrezl Harrell (6) reacts after a play against the Houston Rockets during the second quarter at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports


Earlier in July, the Los Angeles Lakers traded power forward Montrezl Harrell to the Washington Wizards. Now, as the 2021-22 season approaches, Harrell is ready to play for the Wizards and give off his best. However, the 27-year-old spoke about the Lakers during a recent interview, calling the team out about the way they deployed him last season.

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Despite their roster changes, the Lakers 2020-21 season did not turn out how they would have wanted it to. The team was eliminated during Round 1 against the Phoenix Suns.

Here’s a look at what Harrell thought about his time with the Lakers.

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Why was Montrezl Harrell upset over his time with the Lakers?

With his new team, Harrell can only hope to have a great 2021-22 season. However, Harrell ended up throwing a little shade at the Lakers in the process. “I didn’t really get to be utilized how I wanted to be last year,” he said. “I damn near felt like I had a season off”. 

His words clearly indicate he was unhappy with his role with the Lakers. The North Carolina native scored 13.5 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 1.1 assists per game last season. While the stats were decent, Harrell seemed to have expected more from himself and seemingly didn’t receive much backing from the Los Angeles-based outfit.

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He played only one season with the Lakers before he was sent to the Wizards. In return, the Lakers got Russell Westbrook to complete their big three. Harrell even had limited time on the court during the playoffs, which the Lakers lost.

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Feb 26, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) passes the ball under pressure from Los Angeles Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (1) and center Montrezl Harrell (15) in the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

When Harrell was with the LA Clippers, he had a little more time on the court. Even though he averaged 22.9 minutes per game, he ended up falling out of the rotation by the playoffs.

He only played four games and was benched in Games 2 and 3.

Having said that, Harrell’s upcoming stint with the Wizards might do him good. Since Harrell was clearly unhappy with the Lakers, working with Bradley Beal and the Wizards might be the fresh start he needs.

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Devika

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Devika Pawar is a Golf and NBA writer at Essentially Sports. A psychology graduate from KJ Somaiya, Devika has an experience with sportswriting at Republic World for around two years now. She loves NBA a little too much, and is a dedicated Golden State Warriors fan.

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