Montrezl Harrell‘s best friend is Lou Williams, his former teammate on the Los Angeles Clippers, and Harrell says he learned a lot from his buddy’s career.
For example: Williams, Harrell said, has never signed a contract for more than $10 million annually in 17 seasons. And he’s never been a consistent starter in the NBA.
But Williams is a three-time Sixth Man of the Year.
“He taught me early on that this game is going to have a lot of ups and a lot of downs,” Harrell said Wednesday, “but just don’t never let it get you too low.”
Williams’ path helped Harrell keep perspective last year during a challenging season with the Los Angeles Lakers when Harrell, a key free-agent signing months earlier, unexpectedly had his playing time cut after the Lakers added Andre Drummond on a midseason buyout.
The Lakers had three centers in Marc Gasol, Drummond and Harrell (four if you count Anthony Davis) — and while coach Frank Vogel juggled lineups to find the right fit, the situation left hardly any of them satisfied.
It was a situation that, in all honesty, might prepare Harrell for his time with the Wizards. After the Wizards acquired him in the Russell Westbrook deal, Harrell again lands on a roster that has two other legitimate centers: Daniel Gafford and Thomas Bryant. New coach Wes Unseld Jr. will have to balance minutes for a roster that’s deeper than last…