Philadelphia has opted to keep Harrell on its roster even though the minimum-salary contract he signed in July only covers one year. The team has a surplus of centers with Mohamed Bamba, Paul Reed and Filip Petrusev all capable of backing up Joel Embiid.
Harrell, 29, originally came to Philadelphia as a free agent last summer, signing a two-year deal with a player option. He re-signed in mid-July after turning down the option and testing the free agent market.
Harrell appeared in 57 games during his first season with the Sixers, averaging 5.6 points and 2.8 rebounds in 11.9 minutes per night. An offseason coaching change and the presence of so many other big men on the roster left him with an uncertain role for the upcoming season even before the knee injury.
It often takes players a year or more to recover from an ACL tear, so it’s possible that Harrell will miss the entire season before becoming a free agent again next summer.