The LA Lakers have been at the center of NBA rumors lately. The franchise has scarce resources in terms of tradeable assets, but that hasn't deterred Rob Pelinka and co. from chalking out an ambitious plan for the 2021 NBA offseason.
The Lakers have been linked with various stars over the last few days. However, in order to facilitate such moves, they will also have to ensure notable departures are made.
NBA Rumors: LA Lakers power forward Montrezl Harrell expected to pick up player option in his contract
According to Eric Pincus of Bleacher Report, LA Lakers power forward Montrezl Harrell will likely be picking up his player option for the 2021-22 season.
The 27-year-old signed a two-year $19 million contract with the 2020 NBA champions in November last year.
However, even if he opts in, NBA rumors suggest there is no assurance over whether he will stay with the LA Lakers.
Head coach Frank Vogel barely gave Harrell minutes in the playoff series against the Phoenix Suns, which led to the 2019-20 Sixth Man of the Year getting frustrated due to his limited role.
Montrezl Harrell averaged 13 points and 6 rebounds over the course of the 2020-21 NBA season with the LA Lakers. Those averages dropped significantly during the postseason, in which he was able to register just 5 points and 2 rebounds in close to 10 minutes per game.
Harrell is a solid option to have on a team that is looking to add an offensive-minded big. However, his defensive struggles are well-known, as it was the prime reason behind the Lakers not giving him significant minutes during the playoffs.
The LA Lakers are tight on the cap space situation, and bringing Harrell back shouldn't be a priority for their front office. The former Houston Rockets man would also benefit from a move away, and it is in both sides' best interest if the power forward chooses to sign elsewhere this summer.