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Report: Montrezl Harrell leaves NBA bubble due to family emergency

Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell has left the Orlando bubble to deal with a family emergency. We break down what it means.

Montrezl Harrell of the LA Clippers shoots the ball during practice as part of the NBA Restart 2020 on July 13, 2020 in Orlando, Florida. Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images

Los Angeles Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell will be leaving the NBA bubble in Orlando. He is stepping away from his team’s training deal for a family medical emergency, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania. His absence will be excused, so he will only have to be quarantined for four days rather than 10 if he tests negative for Covid-19 when he returns.

Harrell isn’t the first player to deal with an issue like this in the bubble, as New Orleans Pelicans rookie Zion Williamson had a similar problem arise Thursday. Harrell has been a key player for the Clippers this year and is having a breakout season. The former Sixth Man of the Year candidate is averaging 18.6 points and 7.1 rebounds per contest as a starter for a Los Angeles team that has the second best odds (+180) to come out of the Western Conference on DraftKings Sportsbook.

The Clippers are only second to the favored Los Angeles Lakers in the Western Conference and will need froncourt presence from players like Harrell to compete against forces like Anthony Davis and others when when the season resumes.