Wizards Likeliest Traded by the NBA Trade Deadline: No. 1 – Montrezl Harrell
Harrell makes sense for all the same reasons Bryant does, plus a few. He isn’t in the team’s long-term plans, even less likely to be on the team next year than Bryant. Harrell is older than Bryant, is on an expiring contract and has a proven skillset that can help any team, even contenders.
Those teams know they can count on him. His weaknesses are known but his production and game on offense is proven beyond doubt. If a team on the fringe of contending thinks he can provide the spark off the bench they need down the stretch, they should be aggressive about grabbing the big man.
Simply put, Harrell can help teams in a number of different situations. The one team he can’t help enough to be held onto is the team he is currently with, the Wizards. It’s understood Harrell isn’t going to be on the team next year.
The Wizards know this and so does the rest of the league. Harrell brings enough value that he can net a decent return even if he’s only being seen as a rental by the team acquiring him. Any assets would be more than the Wizards can get when he walks in free agency.
A flier on a young player, a veteran on a multi-year team-friendly deal and draft capital are all worthwhile returns from the Wizards perspective. If there are enough suitors valuing Harrell as a potential season changer, the price could increase to enough that the Wizards enter the upcoming offseason with much more appealing assets than they currently have at their disposal.