Lakers acquire top sixth man Harrell, agent says

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The Los Angeles Lakers have added the reigning Sixth Man of the Year to their upcoming title defense by agreeing to terms Friday with free-agent big man Montrezl Harrell.

Harrell, who spent the past three seasons with the Clippers, will be moving down the hallway at Staples Center to the Lakers. He agreed to a two-year deal, agent Rich Paul of Klutch Sports told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

The deal is for the full midlevel exception: $9.25 million the first year and $9.72 million the second, according to ESPN’s Bobby Marks. The second year has a player option.

The move adds a surprising new wrinkle to an already intense Lakers-Clippers rivalry. It initially caught former teammate Patrick Beverley by surprise, but the Clippers point guard later tweeted twice that he was happy for Harrell.

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The Lakers also agreed to a one-year, $3.6 million deal with guard/forward Wesley Matthews, a source told Marks, confirming a report in The Athletic. Matthews, 34, has averaged 13.1 points in his 11 years in the NBA, including stops with Utah, Portland, Dallas, New York, Indiana and Milwaukee.

The Lakers’ agreement with Harrell came not long after Dwight Howard‘s agent,

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