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Report: Montrezl Harrell to miss season restart opener

The Clippers’ upcoming push for the franchise’s first NBA championship could begin without one of their most important players.

Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reports that Kia Sixth Man of the Year candidate Montrezl Harrell will miss the season restart opener against the Lakers on Thursday. The Clippers big man has been absent from the team and NBA campus due to an excused personal matter since last week.

Upon returning to Orlando, Harrell would be required to quarantine for two days before being cleared for normal team basketball activities.

A former second-round pick and soon-to-be unrestricted free agent, Harrell is averaging career highs in minutes (27.8), points (18.6) and rebounds (7.1). Despite standing at just 6-foot-7, Harrell as provided the Clippers with relentless energy and production in the paint, helping spearhead their drive to second place in the West heading into the 2019-20 season restart in Orlando.