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Montrezl Harrell leaves Orlando for family matter

Shams Charania reported that the Clippers expect Harrell to return to the campus site at a later date.

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On Friday afternoon, Shams Charania said that Montrezl Harrell has left the bubble in Orlando and is attending to an urgent family situation.

Obviously, family comes first, so hopefully everything ends up being okay in regards to that situation. According to the tweet, he plans to return to the NBA at a later date. The season is still two weeks away, starting with the eight games the team will play leading up to the playoffs. The Clippers have three preseason contests before the start of the seeding games, starting with the Magic on July 22.

It would be ideal to have Harrell for those games, but if he’s not back in time, the Clippers will be just fine. As I mentioned, family is the top priority through all of this.

The NBA safety protocol dictates that Harrell would have to self-quarantine in Orlando for four days if his absence is for less than a week and he tests negative for the coronavirus while he is outside of the bubble.

As of the time of this article, Ivica Zubac still hasn’t reported to camp, meaning the only center currently in Orlando is Joakim Noah.... who hasn’t played an NBA game in over a year. The Clippers elected not to bring rookie big Mfiondu Kabengele and two-way center Johnathan Motley to the restart, but JaMychal Green did arrive earlier this week.