LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Los Angeles Clippers big man Montrezl Harrell will miss the highly anticipated restart matchup against the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday and it is unclear when he will return to the NBA’s Disney bubble, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
The Sixth Man of the Year candidate has been away from the team since last week while tending to a personal matter on an excused absence.
Whenever the forward rejoins the bubble at Walt Disney World, he will have to quarantine for two days before being cleared to join the Clippers.
He has tested negative for COVID-19 each day he has been away, sources told Yahoo Sports.
The Clippers will also be without guard Lou Williams, who is currently under a 10-day quarantine after visiting an Atlanta strip club during his excused absence to attend a funeral.
Williams is expected to miss the Clippers’ first two games.
The Clippers’ second game in the restart is Saturday against the New Orleans Pelicans. Harrell, 26, is averaging 18.6 points and 7.1 rebounds as one of top reserves in the league.
The Clippers, +325 favorites to win it all at BetMGM, enter the resumption of play second in the Western Conference standings at 44-20 — 5 1/2 games behind the Lakers.
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