It’s no secret that LeBron James is one of the most powerful figures in the NBA, if not the most powerful, and by extension, his best friend and agent, Rich Paul of Klutch Sports, is the most influential agent in the business.
But while both of those things may be true, Paul’s clients still have complete freedom to choose which teams they play for, and Montrezl Harrell went out of his way to make that clear when he was asked an unrelated question about how his familiarity with the other Klutch Sports clients on the Lakers has helped him get used to playing for the team he joined in free agency this summer.
“My agency has nothing to do with my decisions and my life,” Harrell said. “Those guys had nothing to do with my decision, at the end of the day, this is something that has to do with my life.
“As far as the relationships that we have, it’s just a plus that we’re all in the same agency, and our agency treats it like family, so that’s the relationships that you see. It’s just something that we’ve been able to bring along into a team standpoint and continue to keep grinding. But as far as my agency, that has nothing to do with my decision, or overall me being here playing with these guys.”
When you look at the Lakers’ roster, it’s hard to ignore the Klutch Sports influence. Of the 16 players the Lakers have under contract, five of them are signed with Klutch Sports: James, Harrell, Anthony Davis, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Talen Horton-Tucker.
However, that seems to have more to do with the relationships that the players have built through being part of the same agency, as Harrell noted. Plus, there are plenty of other teams doing the same thing — just look at the Knicks, who might as well be sponsored by Creative Artists Agency at this point.
In other words, Harrell is with the Lakers because he wants to be ... and because it’s basically like playing for the Clippers except, you know, the Lakers actually win championships.