Montrezl Harrell returns to Philadelphia 76ers on one-year deal

Philadelphia 76ers’ Montrezl Harrell reacts after a basket during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Just one day after signing Mo Bamba to a veteran minimum contract, the Philadelphia 76ers have added yet another veteran big man as Montrezl Harrell makes his storied return to the Sixers.

After declining his player option for $2.7 million back on June 21st, Montrezl Harrell is now returning to Philadelphia. According to Philly Voice’s Kyle Neubeck, the deal is once again for the vet minimum, rewarding Harrell as this season, the minimum for Harrell is worth nearly $200k more than his option. Neubeck also reports the deal is fully guaranteed.

After beginning the season as the primary backup to Joel Embiid, Montrezl Harrell found himself out of the rotation by mid-February, which makes his return a bit of a surprise.

There is no word yet on how this signing may impact the potential return of Paul Reed. After the Sixers signed Mo Bamba just yesterday, Woj reported that the Philadelphia still intends on resigning Reed. Of course, that was then; this is now. If this is the precursor to Reed playing elsewhere next season, it will likely not go down well among the fans in Philly.