Harrell is planning to sign with the Lakers on a two-year, $19 million deal, Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com reports.
Harrell is staying in Los Angeles, but with with a different team than anticipated. His deal will have a second-year player option. With the departure of Dwight Howard, the Lakers clearly have a need at center. Harrell could also presumably play alongside Anthony Davis in the frontcourt. The 26-year-old was originally expected to make a much bigger splash in free agency before an underwhelming postseason with the Clippers. Given his second-year player option, it appears he is opting to bet on himself this year. The reigning Sixth Man of the Year averaged 18.6 points, 7.1 rebounds and 1.1 blocks across 27.8 minutes last season.
Harrell had 20 points (7-10 FG, 6-9 FT) and three rebounds in 26 minutes during Tuesday's 104-89 loss to the Nuggets.
Harrell finally found some rhythm on the offensive end, leading his team with 20 points on what was a disappointing night for the franchise. After arriving late to the bubble, Harrell has struggled to get anything going and has certainly been exposed on the defensive end of the court over the course of the playoffs. His reputation as a one-way player could cost him when it comes to signing his next contract, as could his inability to score outside of about four feet from the basket.
Harrell went for 15 points (6-10 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 3-5 FT) and two rebounds in 18 minutes off the bench during Wednesday's Game 4 win over the Nuggets.
Harrell has put up double-digit scoring totals in four straight games despite cracking 20 minutes just once in that span. This season's Sixth Man Of The Year is averaging 12.8 points on 53.3 percent from the field despite playing just 19.3 minutes per game in the current series against the Nuggets, providing valuable fantasy production despite his bench role.
Harrell was voted the 2019-20 NBA Sixth Man of the Year, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Harrell made slight improvements to his game in 2019-20, and he was able to claim the Sixth Man of the Year Award over teammate Lou Williams and Thunder guard Dennis Schroder. In Harrell's 27.8 minutes per game, he averaged 18.6 points on 58.0 percent shooting, 7.1 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.1 blocks. He also had five 30-point games and 13 performances with at least 10 boards.
Harrell posted 19 points (7-11 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 4-5 FT), 11 rebounds, one assist and one block in 23 minutes Tuesday in the Clippers' 154-111 win over the Mavericks in Game 5 of the series.
After averaging 7.8 points and 1.8 rebounds per game through the first four contests of the series, Harrell came through with his best performance of the postseason to help guide the Clippers to a resounding win. The Clippers have been limiting Harrell's workload after his delayed arrival to the NBA bubble in Orlando, but Tuesday's showing could convince coach Doc Rivers to call on the 26-year-old to handle a large share of the minutes distribution at center.
Harrell posted six points (2-5 FG, 2-4 FT) and two rebounds across 14 minutes in Monday's 118-110 Game 1 win over the Mavs.
This was Harrell's first action in over five months, and his minutes are expected to increase gradually as he gets back into the groove. His return has immediately revived the second unit, as Harrell is usually the first guy off the bench and regularly outplays Ivica Zubac. Wile Zubac is the better fit opposite Kristaps Porzingis in this series, Harrell will still see his share of court time.
Harrell (personal) will play in Monday's Game 1 against Dallas, Andrew Greif of the Los Angeles Times reports.
That said, the center is expected to play "very little," according to coach Doc Rivers. Harrell dealt with a personal issue during the Clippers' final regular-season games in the NBA bubble, and Monday will be his first action since the season was suspended back in March.
Harrell is considered questionable for Game 1 against the Mavericks on Monday, Jovan Buha of The Athletic reports.
Harrell is on course to clear his mandatory quarantine period Monday, so there's a good chance he'll play, but the Clippers are nonetheless giving him a "questionable" tag as of Sunday night. Due to a personal matter, Harrell was away from the team for nearly the entire scrimmage and seeding game period, so he hasn't participated in live game action since March 10.
Harrell (self-isolation) will clear his seven-day quarantine period Monday and is eligible to be made available for Game 1 against the Mavericks that same day, Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN.com reports.
This is huge news for the Clippers, who should now have both of their Sixth Man of the Year candidates available. Harrell hasn't played in the bubble at all, however, so his conditioning may not be up to his normal standard. Still, we should expect him to play in Game 1, and he's had no issues making an impact in limited action.
Harrell (personal) will not play during the Clippers' final seeding game Friday against the Thunder, Mirjam Swanson of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.
Coach Doc Rivers was hopeful Harrell would be able to take the court, but he'll have to make his bubble debut in the playoffs. Ivica Zubac and JaMychal Green should continue seeing most of the center minutes in Harrell's absence.
Clippers coach Doc Rivers said Tuesday that he hopes Harrell will be available for the team's final seeding game Friday against the Thunder, Jovan Buha of The Athletic reports.
Harrell remains in self-isolation after arriving late to the Orlando bubble, so his availability will likely hinge on whether he's cleared through the NBA's COVID-19 protocol. Rivers sated that if Harrell is, in fact, available, he'd like to get the forward on the floor Friday in order for the Clippers to play one game with their full rotation before the postseason begins.
Harrell (personal) relayed Monday via a post on his personal Twitter account that he has returned to the NBA bubble in Orlando.
Harrell hasn't been with the Clippers since mid-July, when he left the bubble to be with his ailing grandmother, who eventually passed away. Now that he's back in Orlando, Harrell will have to complete a mandatory quarantine period before he's cleared to join the team for workouts. He'll likely need at least a couple of practices to regain conditioning, making it uncertain whether he'll be available for either of the Clippers' final two seeding games. Per Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN.com, coach Doc Rivers has essentially already ruled Harrell out for Wednesday's game against the Nuggets, but he left the door open for the big man to potentially play Friday versus the Thunder.
Harrell (personal) is not with the Clippers in the bubble and remains out Saturday against the Trail Blazers, Casey Holdahl of the Trail Blazers' official site reports.
Harrell is not with the team and it remains to be seen how long his absence will be. His next chance to take the court arrives Sunday against the Nets, but it seems unlikely he'll be available.
Harrell will remain out for Thursday's game against Dallas, Tomer Azarly of Clutch Points reports.
Harrell has yet to rejoin the team in Orlando, so he'll miss Thursday's game, and he'll likely remain out for the Clippers' Saturday-Sunday back-to-back set. The hope is that he'll arrive in Orlando as soon as possible and have an opportunity to work on his conditioning before the playoffs begin.
Harrell (personal) has yet to join the Clippers in Orlando, Andrew Greif of the LA Times reports.
Harrell remains away from the team while dealing with an unspecified personal issue, and it remains to be seen how many games he'll ultimately miss. He's been ruled out of Tuesday's game against Phoenix, and he'll almost certainly miss Thursday's matchup with the Mavs as well. After that game, the Clippers will have just three more seeding contests before the start of the postseason.
Harrell (personal) will not play Saturday against the Pelicans, Kristina Pink of Fox Sports West reports.
Harrell is still not with the Clippers, so he won't be able to return and quarantine in time for Saturday's action. We should continue to see Joakim Noah, Ivica Zubac and JaMychal Green hold down minutes at center.
Harrell (personal) will not play in Thursday's opening seeding game against the Lakers, Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reports.
Harrell was initially expected to join the team in Orlando on Tuesday, but Haynes reports that it's now "unclear when he will return to the Clippers." Given that Harrell will be subject to a mandatory quarantine period once he arrives, it's likely that he'll miss Saturday's matchup against the Pelicans, as well. Depending on when Harrell arrives, his status for the second week of seeding games -- the Clippers play Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday -- could also be in jeopardy. Los Angeles will also be without Lou Williams on Thursday, while Patrick Beverley (personal) is considered questionable.
Harrell (personal) is unlikely to be cleared in time to play in Thursday's first seeding game against the Lakers, Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN reports.
Harrell arrived back in Orlando on Tuesday, but he'll be subject to another mandatory quarantine period, so it's unlikely that he'll get the green light to rejoin the team before Thursday night. Even if that were not the case, Harrell hasn't practiced in a week-and-a-half, so the Clippers would likely exercise caution with one of their most important players.
Harrell (personal) hinted in a recent post on his personal Instagram account that he'll rejoin the Clippers in the NBA bubble in Orlando soon, though his status for Thursday's game against the Lakers is unknown, Jovan Buha of The Athletic reports.
Considering that Harrell was absent for all three of the Clippers' exhibition games after leaving the bubble a week and a half ago, he seems more likely than not to sit out in Thursday's seeding contest. In addition to having not yet arrived in Orlando, Harrell will still have to complete a mandatory quarantine when he arrives at the bubble, a process that can last two days. Assuming Harrell is not available Thursday, Joakim Noah looks poised to serve as the top backup to starting center Ivica Zubac. The Clippers could also make more use of small-ball lineups featuring JaMychal Green, Marcus Morris or Patrick Patterson at center.
Harrell left the NBA bubble Friday to attend to a family emergency, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
The specifics aren't known at this time, but Harrell will have to quarantine before returning to the bubble and practicing with his teammates. His status for the Clippers' first seeding game -- July 30 against the Lakers -- is now in question. If he's unable to play, Ivica Zubac would presumably see increased run, as could Joakim Noah and Patrick Patterson.
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