Due to an urgent family matter, Montrezl Harrell has departed the Orlando bubble, according to a report by The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

Harrell’s sudden departure follows the similar leave granted to New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson yesterday. The first overall pick from last year’s draft also left the bubble to attend to an urgent family matter.

According to ESPN:

If his absence lasts seven days or fewer, Williamson will quarantine for four days upon his return to the NBA bubble if he has a negative test each day he’s outside the bubble.

If he is gone longer than a week, he will still quarantine for four days if he has a negative test for the final seven days he is gone. If he doesn’t have the required testing, he will quarantine for 10 days.

Zion Williamson leaves NBA bubble for ‘urgent’ family matter, Andrew Lopez, ESPN

Of course, the top priority here is for Trez to tend to his family situation, with hopes that everyone is healthy and well upon his return to Orlando. In the meantime, the Clippers may have to make due with just newly-signed veteran Joakim Noah and power-forward-turned-small-ball-center JaMychal Green down low. Doc Rivers and company opted to leave not only two-way center Johnathan Motley, but also rookie big man Mfiondu Kabengele, behind in Los Angeles as they brought rookie wings Terance Mann and Amir Coffey to the Orlando bubble.

Normal starter Ivica Zubac is still not with the team for undisclosed reasons, and with this family matter, Montrezl Harrell could also potentially miss games. Fortunately, the Clippers are in a strong position into the standings heading into their eight Orlando “seeding games,” so they are well-equipped to let each player deal with their more pressing priorities as the organization looks ahead to the start of the NBA Playoffs on August 17th.

Lucas Hann

Lucas Hann

Lucas has covered the Clippers since 2011, and has been credentialed by the team since 2014. He co-founded 213Hoops with Robert Flom in January 2020.  He is a graduate of Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, CA and St. John's University in Queens, NY.  He earned his MA in Communication and Rhetorical Studies from Syracuse University.

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