San Antonio Spurs: 3 Player-option free agents to monitor in final games

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Montrezl Harrell (Photo by Alex Menendez/Getty Images)
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San Antonio Spurs Option 1: Montrezl Harrell (LAL)

While he’s averaging 14.0 points and 6.6 rebounds per game this season, Montrezl Harrell continues to come off the bench for the Los Angeles Lakers. Even though they’ve understandably fallen down the standings with Anthony Davis and LeBron James missing substantial time, they’re still likely to avoid the play-in tournament.

One big reason the Lakers have been able to tread water is the play of Harrell, whose tenacious game on both ends brings them a nightly spark off the bench. While it’s tough to see anyone purposely leaving a team with LeBron and A.D., the NBA is still a business. If the 27-year-old gets his ring this year, he could find it more important to get paid more than the $9.7 million the Lakers would owe him next season.

If Los Angeles comes up just short for whatever reason, the odds are Harrell will want to run it back in what should be a season that’s closer to normal. Does that mean I’ll be rooting for the Lakers? Of course not. But seeing Harrell in Silver and Black would be a sight to behold.

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In San Antonio, Harrell could have the solid starting spot he’s never had in his NBA career. In 378 games, Montrezl has started in just 26. If he wants a bigger role, the Spurs have one to offer.