With the NBA trade deadline fast approaching, rumors are starting to heat up. The Los Angeles Lakers are not expected to make any major changes but they also seem to be active in listening to calls and looking for ways to improve their roster, especially with both Anthony Davis and LeBron James sidelined due to injury. One of their more tradeable pieces is Montrezl Harrell and according to Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report, the Lakers have been “willing to entertain offers” including receiving a call from the undersized Charlotte Hornets. The Hornets were reportedly among the teams in contention to sign Harrell in the offseason before he crossed the hallway from the Clippers to the Lakers.
One would assume that a trade with the Hornets would bring back one of their guards, perhaps Devonte’ Graham whose scoring numbers are down this year but who has also shown some defensive chops on the perimeter.
Now, listening to calls does not mean a trade will happen nor does it mean the Lakers are shopping Harrell. The big man has been huge over the last month filling in in the absence of Davis and his value only increased when James went down with his injury. His two-man game with Dennis Schröder has been a key offensive weapon without their two superstars.
It’s of course also important to note that Harrell is represented by Rich Paul and Klutch Sports, who famously represent LeBron, AD and several other Lakers players. That doesn’t prevent the Lakers from moving their big man, but it is a relationship that bears remembering.
Harrell himself did not exactly help quell the rumors with the annual trade season eyeball emoji tweet on Monday.
— Montrezl Harrell (@MONSTATREZZ) March 22, 2021
The trade deadline is on Thursday and while the Lakers surely could make a change, it seems much more likely that we will be talking about bought out players that could be signed starting at the end of this week.