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But I also talked to the three veterans about their NBA futures, which I forgot to mention at the time. So here you go. “Right now, I think I want to play, but my body’s going to tell me the story,” said Harrington, 34, who had started working out again in the first week of June. “As the summer goes along, I guess the Wizards will give me a deadline of letting them know….I don’t see myself playing anywhere else. I like what’s going on there, I like the environment. The cast of players we have there is perfect for me to be around.” Washington Post

June 12, 2014 Updates

With the salary cap expected to rise from $71.75 million to around $75 million this summer, the team could have room to bring back Harrington at the veteran minimum. But the Wizards’ needs and space will hinge largely on how things play out with priority free agents Trevor Ariza and Marcin Gortat. “(Wizards owner) Ted (Leonsis) got the pockets, so if he want to go in the luxury [tax] and all that, he can bring back every last one of us,” Harrington joked. “I think the core that we have here is great and as many guys as he can keep, I think the better. That’s a great locker room in there. … I’m really going to take some time off and then some time throughout the summer, I’ll start evaluating if I want to play or maybe do something else.” Washington Post

June 3, 2014 Updates

A Brooklyn crack kingpin on trial for racketeering and murder wanted former New York Knicks player Al Harrington to bankroll his career as a hip-hop artist rapping about real-life mayhem, a defense lawyer said Monday. Ronald (Ra Diggs) Herron was hanging with Harrington and rapper Waka Flocka Flame before the feds brought down his alleged career as the leader of a violent drug gang in the Gowanus Houses project. Harrington appears in several YouTube music videos with Herron — including a party bus scene in which he flashes what appears to be a gang sign, a source told the Daily News. New York Daily News

“Al Harrington was a potential investor in Mr. Herron’s career,” Soloway said out of the presence of the jury. But Federal Judge Nicholas Garaufis put the kibosh on that line of questioning for now. “This thing about the NBA player and the role Mr. Garcia may or may not have played in bringing in investors is not in the scope of cross-examination,” Garaufis said. New York Daily News

May 16, 2014 Updates

Al Harrington: Wanna thank WizNation for all the LOVE AND SUPPORT THIS SEASON!!!! Had A Great time in Your City! This Team will be ELITE SOON! #wizards2014Playoffs And to All the Haters. Get A Life! Internet Gangstaz. See us in the Street and want Autographs! #punks Twitter

April 28, 2014 Updates
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Al Harrington: Looking ahead, I would love to stay in Washington—even working in their front office or joining their coaching staff. Randy Wittman loves me. I've already had conversations with the team. I ain't going to lie, what would really be ideal for me is if they would sign me at the All-Star break next season. So let me have that time to take care of my body and get my leg strong. I can do 30 games; that's nothing. Bleacher Report

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The Wizards announced on Monday that leading scorer Bradley Beal has been cleared to increase basketball-related activities, while reserve big man Al Harrington will miss at least four weeks after having surgery on his troublesome right knee. Washington Post

December 9, 2013 Updates
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Al Harrington’s troublesome right knee will probably keep him out a little longer after the veteran forward experienced a setback in his rehabilitation. Sidelined the past 12 games, Harrington hasn’t played since scoring eight points in the Wizards’ 105-95 loss in Dallas on Nov. 12. He was working diligently, running on the treadmill and getting daily treatment in effort to make a speedy return. But Coach Randy Wittman said Harrington had a flareup on Saturday that will force him to make another visit with a doctor. “We ramped him up here the last few days individually. He wanted to really push it,” Wittman said. “Then, he had some soreness. Irritation came back real fast. So, that’s a little bit of a setback there.” Washington Post

December 6, 2013 Updates

Harrington continued to chuckle, but he remains uncertain about when he’ll get back on the court. “I’m in the middle of a process right now. I don’t exactly how I feel yet. I got to get a chance to get out there and test it. Hopefully, one day this week or maybe next week, I’ll get out there and see what’s going on,” Harrington said. “Being that I’m a veteran coach says, whenever I’m ready, I can go. So it’s not like I have to get five practices in before he’ll let me get back on the court. It’s just a thing, when I feel comfortable and strong enough. Because I don’t want to keep playing, sitting, playing and sitting. I want to figure this thing out, so I can go full steam ahead into the season.” Washington Post

Harrington is also making contributions from the bench, offering encouragement to his teammates and passing along tips based on what he recognizes from his front row seat. He’ll pull aside Eric Maynor to remind him to be aggressive and tell Nene or John Wall how defenses are playing them. “I’m an assistant coach. You didn’t know that? I’ve been coaching my [butt] off,” Harrington said with a laugh. “I’ve already talked to Ernie about getting another check possibly. We in negotiations for that right now. So, I’m coach Harrington and the player. Like back in the day, remember the guy would be the head coach and the player? I’m trying to bring it back.” Washington Post

The Wizards bench has struggled to find its footing – and that was even with Harrington adding his 7.9 points per game – but until he is ready, Harrington will continue to be the assistant coach in full uniform. The experience of sitting out and passing on knowledge has forced him to consider it as an option after the 33-year-old eventually retires. “For me, it’s been a blessing,” Harrington said. “I want to stay in basketball when I’m done playing, so this may be a cool little segue to see if I got it. I always said I never wanted to coach, but these last couple of weeks, just in helping guys out, I feel like I might could be a coach. But right now, I’m a player. I’m focusing on playing. I hope to get out there soon.” Washington Post

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