Dallas Mavericks rumors: Team interested in Montrezl Harrell
The Dallas Mavericks faced the LA Clippers in the first round of the playoffs. It was a difficult matchup that ultimately went the Clippers way in six games. The Mavs had opportunities. They were winning game one when Kristaps Porzingis was ejected. Luka Doncic sprained his ankle in game three. A knee injury cost Porzingis the final three games. Better health and fortune could have had the Mavs pulling the upset.
Montrezl Harrell struggled throughout the series. The Clippers big man missed all eight seeding games for personal reasons. He was trying to play his way back into shape during the first round. The Sixth Man of the Year averaged just 9.0 points and 3.3 rebounds in 18.3 minutes per game against the Mavericks.
The 26-year-old will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason. That means the rumor mill is swirling about his landing spot. Let us take a look at the latest.
Dallas Mavericks rumored to be interested in Montrezl Harrell
Sam Amico from Sports Illustrated wrote a piece about which teams want to sign Harrell this offseason. He notes the Clippers are keen to bring him back, but the Mavericks, Knicks, Bulls, and Raptors are “expected to have interest”.
Harrell makes some sense for Dallas. They were hunting for a player that can score 15-plus points per game at the trade deadline. Harrell also brings the defense and toughness they desire. Fans can read more on why the Mavs should sign the 26-year-old big man here.
Harrell’s market will be one of the most interesting to watch this offseason. The value of traditional centers has dropped in the NBA, looking no further than the Andre Drummond trade for proof. Will the reigning Sixth Man of the Year get a massive contract, or does he settle for less than the mid-level exception? It will certainly be intriguing.
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