The trade deadline has been a wild one, with moves coming thick and fast out of the woodwork. Teams have been retooling for playoff pushes, while others have been gathering assets for much larger moves in the offseason. The latest news involves the Washington Wizards, who are trading away Montrezl Harrell. Shams Charania has reported that the Wizards are sending Harrell to the Charlotte Hornets.
This trade will net the Washington Wizards two players, with Adrian Wojnarowski explaining that the Wizards will get back Ish Smith and Vernon Carey as a part of the transaction.
Harrell had played in all but 7 games for the Wizards this season, averaging 14.1 points and 6.7 rebounds per game. The former Clippers man will bring his strength to a Charlotte team that could use a fighter like Harrell in the side. Already a team known for their high-energy play, the Hornets will likely be a great fit for Harrell. Considering that they are in the picture for the Eastern Conference play-in tournament, this is a move that could provide the Hornets with another dimension to their roster.
Harrell joined the Wizards ahead of the 2021-22 season as a part of the trade that saw the Los Angeles Lakers acquire Russell Westbrook. Although his time with the Wizards started well enough, Harrell's minutes were hardly consistent over the year so it is no surprise that he is moving to another team at the trade deadline.
The Wizards have fallen off quite a bit already this season, currently the 11th seed in the Eastern Conference, so it makes sense for them to let go of some of their role players as they look to the future. The franchise still has Bradley Beal on their books and their acquisition of Kristaps Porzingis in another trade could see them make some noise in the East next season.