It was announced Friday afternoon that Montrezl Harrell has left the NBA campus in Orlando to tend to a family emergency, via Shams’ Twitter.
Harrell plans to return to the Orlando bubble at a later date to rejoin the Clippers’ hopeful championship run.
Harrell has solidified his place as one of the elite bench players in the NBA, finishing as a top 3 finalist for 6th Man of the Year in 2019 and putting together a potential 1st place run in 2020. He averaged 18.6 points, 7.1 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks on 58% shooting during the regular season.
As the Clippers prepare for the NBA restart, health and togetherness remain a common theme. With all the injuries the team has suffered throughout the season, this hiatus could serve as a blessing in disguise for one of the top title contenders. That is, so long as their team remains together and healthy through the restart.
Time will tell how Harrell’s absence from the team will affect the playoff push. We will provide more updates as they come.