Montrezl Harrell Returns to Clippers, Dedicates Season to His Late Grandmother

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistAugust 10, 2020

Los Angeles Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell yells after getting called for a foul during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers Sunday, March 1, 2020, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 136-130. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
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The Los Angeles Clippers will get a big part of their rotation back after Montrezl Harrell announced his return to the team on Twitter:

Montrezl Harrell @MONSTATREZZ

I’m back!!!!!!!!

He also posted a video on his Instagram account from his hotel room at the Walt Disney World Resort, via Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN.

Harrell had been away from the team since leaving the Orlando, Florida, bubble on July 17 to tend to his grandmother. She died a few weeks later, as he announced in a tribute.

The forward referenced his grandmother in a tweet Monday:

Montrezl Harrell @MONSTATREZZ


"Losing my grandmother has changed everything in me everything, life, living people, everything," he also wrote in an Instagram story post.

Clippers head coach Doc Rivers was understanding of the grieving process, letting Harrell take his time in returning.

"When he's ready, he'll come back," Rivers said earlier this month, per Youngmisuk. "You can't play if you're not right mentally and because of the emotional part of it. ... His grandmother is very tight with him so all I told him is I love him and take your time. We'll be ready with open arms when you come."

Now that he has returned, Harrell will now have to quarantine for at least four days before he can step on a court, as long as he continues to test negative for the coronavirus.

It's unknown if he will play in the final seeding game Friday against the Oklahoma City Thunder, but he should be available for the start of the playoffs. The Clippers currently have the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference.

Harrell's return is huge for Los Angeles as it adds the team's most reliable post presence. The Sixth Man of the Year finalist is averaging 18.6 points, 7.1 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game, providing excellent balance alongside perimeter stars like Kawhi Leonard, Paul George and Lou Williams.

Getting the rotation back to full strength should make the Clippers a top contender to bring home a championship this summer.