76ers sign former Sixth Man of the Year Montrezl Harrell
As the free agent market starts to round out, several other key role players are finding their home for next season. Among those is former Sixth Man of the Year Montrezl Harrell, who decided to return to the 76ers on a one-year deal. He spent last year in Philadelphia, where he averaged 5.6 points and 2.8 rebounds on 59.8 percent shooting from the floor in 57 regular-season games appearances with seven starts.
Harrell’s return retains much-needed frontcourt depth for the 76ers, especially behind reigning league MVP Joel Embiid. The veteran big man brings offensive production that will help provide more scoring balance from the second unit.
Harrell experienced a notable drop in playing time, averaging 11.1 minutes per game, marking the lowest since his rookie campaign. However, he remains an asset off the bench.
The 29-year-old’s defensive shortcomings likely contributed to his decreased role, but his presence gives the 76ers more roster security. The one-year deal also gives Harrell the chance to earn a lucrative contract next offseason.
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The 76ers are hoping to take another step toward NBA title contention after a disappointing second-round playoff exit. The organization is expected to move on from star guard James Harden after he opted into the final year of his contract.
Meanwhile, trade rumors remain around veteran forward Tobias Harris. The 76ers are hoping to bet utilize Embiid’s prime years to contend for an NBA title.
Philadelphia will look markedly different next season as new head coach Nick Nurse will implement a new game plan.