The Washington Wizards are on a slide that now has them outside the NBA playoff picture. Nonetheless, with the trade deadline fast approaching, Wizards President of Basketball Operations and general manager Tommy Sheppard needs to make a decision on the team.
Should Sheppard decide the Wizards are sellers, one name that could be heading out of Washington is Montrezl Harrell. The 28-year-old's contract expires after the season, and Sheppard could look to get something in return for the big man before he hits free agency.
Here's a look at five teams that would make a lot of sense as Harrell's next NBA home.
Harrell's work ethic seems like it would suit the "Heat Culture" style, which is a put on your bootstraps and construction helmet and get to work type of system. In addition, Harrell fits the team's Udonis Haslam role of scoring in the dirty areas and providing some rebounding off the bench.
Trade machine suggestion: Harrell and Corey Kispert for Duncan Robinson
Last year, the Bucks came away with the championship beating the Suns in the NBA finals. Despite their sluggish start to the season, they're back fighting for the top spot in the Eastern Conference. The Bucks are second in the league in rebounding, so adding Harrell could help solve that problem, and he'd give the Bucks some of the intensity they lost when PJ Tucker left for Miami.
Trade machine suggestion: Harrell, Raul Neto and a future 1st-rd pick for George Hill and Donte DiVincenzo
Golden State Warriors
Draymond Green will be out through the NBA All-Star Game as he's battled injuries this season. The Warriors announced that several evaluations revealed that Green's calf injury is tied to the involvement of a disc in his lower back.
Harrell has the tools to fill in for an injured Green and could help the Warriors stay afloat as their star forward gets healthy for the playoffs.
Trade machine suggestion: Harrell for Kevon Looney and Moses Moody
The Bulls are near the bottom of the league when it comes to rebounding, as they're averaging 49.8 rebounds per game this season. Nikola Vucevic is the only Chicago player averaging more than six rebounds per game, so adding Harrell boosts this department.
Trade machine suggestion: Harrell for Derrick Jones Jr. and a heavily protected 1st-rd pick
Like the Bulls, the Nuggets are at the bottom of the league when it comes to rebounding. Nikola Jokić is the only player on the Nuggets averaging more than 6+ total rebounds per game of any player on the team with more than 20 games under their belt. A move for Harrell would begin closing that gap between Jokić and his teammates.
Trade machine suggestion: Harrell for Jeff Green and Bryn Forbes