NBA ahead Montrezl Harrell is going through felony drug fees after police found three kilos of weed throughout a visitors cease in Kentucky final month. Harrell, who performs for the Charlotte Hornets, was scheduled to look in courtroom to reply the fees filed in Madison County, Kentucky on Monday however the arraignment listening to has been delayed till subsequent month, courtroom data present.
In accordance with a police report cited by the Charlotte Observer, Harrell was driving a rented 2020 Honda Pilot southbound on I-75 on the morning of Could 12 when he was pulled over by a Kentucky state trooper for following too intently behind the automobile in entrance of him. Within the report, Trooper Jesse Owens wrote that after stopping Harrell’s automobile, he “noticed” the odor of marijuana. The quotation additionally notes that Harrell “admitted to being in possession of marijuana and produced a small quantity from his sweatpants.” Regulation enforcement officers then searched the automobile Harrell was driving. In the course of the search, the trooper found “three kilos of marijuana in vacuum sealed baggage” in a backpack that was discovered on the again seat of the automobile, in keeping with the visitors quotation.
Harrell has been charged with trafficking lower than 5 kilos of marijuana. Below Kentucky state regulation, possession of greater than eight ounces however lower than 5 kilos of marijuana is assessed as a Class D felony for the primary offense. These convicted of the cost are topic to a sentence of 1 to 5 years behind bars and a tremendous starting from $1,000 to $10,000.
The Charlotte Hornets have declined to touch upon Harrell’s case, in keeping with a number of media reviews.
8-12 months NBA Profession
Harrell, a North Carolina native, is in his eighth season with the NBA. He performed NCAA Division 1 school basketball in Kentucky for the College of Louisville Cardinals, the place he averaged 11.6 factors, 6.9 rebounds and 1.1 blocked pictures per recreation. As a freshman, he performed on the Cardinals’ 2013 nationwide championship crew, though the title was later taken away by the league for NCAA violations.
In June 2015, Harrell was chosen by the Houston Rockets within the second spherical of the NBA draft, the thirty second decide general. On September 19, 2015, he signed a three-year contract with the Rockets and made his NBA debut with the crew within the season’s opening recreation in opposition to the Denver Nuggets on October 28, scoring eight factors and knocking down three rebounds. Harrell made his first profession begin with the NBA on November 13, taking part in 13 minutes of recreation time and sinking 5 factors within the Rockets’ defeat of the Denver Nuggets. Throughout his rookie season, he was assigned to the Rockets D-league affiliate the Rio Valley Grande Vipers a number of instances.
In June 2017, the Los Angeles Clippers traded Chris Paul to the Rockets, buying Harrell, Patrick Beverley, Sam Dekker, Darrun Hilliard, DeAndre Liggins, Lou Williams, Kyle Wiltjer and a 2018 Houston first-round draft decide within the deal. In September 2020, Harrell was named the NBA Sixth Man of the 12 months, an award given by the league for the season’s greatest bench participant. That season, the Clippers went to the playoffs, shedding in seven video games in opposition to the Denver Nuggets. Harrell averaged 10.5 factors and a couple of.9 rebounds per recreation within the playoffs that noticed the Nuggets advance after beginning the collection down three video games to 1.
Harrell signed with the Los Angeles Lakers on November 22, 2020, making his debut with the crew one month later and logging 17 factors, 10 rebounds and three assists in opposition to his former crew and Lakers’ crosstown rival the Clippers. In August 2021, Harrell was traded to the Washington Wizards as a part of a deal for Russell Westbrook. In February of this 12 months, he was traded to the Charlotte Hornets, scoring 15 factors and 6 rebounds in his crew debut on February 11. Harrell is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent when the NBA’s new league 12 months begins in July.