HoopsHype Al Harrington rumors


December 3, 2013 Updates

Asked whether he still watches the Magic, the 16-year NBA veteran responded that he doesn’t. “It’s just something in the past, and it’s something I really want to forget about, just being hurt last year and not being able to play,” Al Harrington said. “That was the first time that ever happened to me in my career. It was something I would just like to forget.” Orlando Sentinel

After the Magic waived him over the summer, he signed a free-agent deal with the Wizards. The Wizards want him to stretch the floor and provide veteran leadership. “I like the team,” Harrington, 33, said. “This team provided me with the opportunity to show people I still have game also. I think this will be a situation where they will need me to play 20 minutes a night, and they will also need me in the locker room to mentor their young guys and just allow me to be who I am on and off the floor. I thought that would be a great opportunity for me.” Orlando Sentinel

November 30, 2013 Updates

Problem was, he was stuck on the bench behind Ron Artest at small forward. He also was primarily a low-post scoring threat at the time, and Jermaine O’Neal had first dibs on that job. Seemingly destined for a reserve role for seasons to come, he asked team president Donnie Walsh for a trade. To this day, it’s his greatest regret. It’s the same sentiment now voiced by Davis, who also sought a trade in search of a starting opportunity and was dealt to Toronto, but now wishes he had stayed put. “It’s one of those things, you don’t know how good you got it until you’re gone,” he said. “This is a consistent organization that always did everything the right way. You kind of take those things for granted. But I didn’t know. “I tell people all the time, I could have been a lifetime Pacer. I think I had enough people here who liked me, I could have been like Jeff Foster. But I wanted to test my wings and see if they could fly.” Pacers.com

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The Wizards visited the Walter Reed center in Bethesda last month and will continue to assist members of TAPS, a non-profit organization that assists family members grieving the loss of a loved one who died in military service. Beginning with Friday’s game against the Brooklyn Nets, the team will sell hats with the word, “Courage,” written in Wizards lettering, for $25 at the team store at Verizon Center. Courage hats autographed by Beal, Wall, Nene or Webster will go for $50, while those signed by Marcin Gortat, Al Harrington, Otto Porter or Kevin Seraphin will go for $40. All of the proceeds with go toward TAPS. “It takes a lot to muster that up especially after losing so much physically,” Webster said. “For them to come out here and be happy the way they are, it changes your whole perspective on life. It makes you appreciate the things that you have. The problems we have as basketball players doesn’t even compare to what they’ve been through for our country let alone what they put themselves through.” Washington Post

October 24, 2013 Updates

"The wizards just released me. But I'm not worried about anything. I made some wonderful friends on this team. Got to experience Brazil to the fullest.. And scored 13 points in 10 minutes. I have my God, my family and my journey... But most importantly I have 0 regrets. Like Al Harrington just told me.. I'll be back, SOON. A journey isn't a journey without a journey." Instagram

October 21, 2013 Updates

Harrington had options to sign elsewhere after the Magic released him last August, but he chose to sign with the Wizards because he had confidence in the direction of the franchise. “Obviously they had a rough patch with some knuckleheads and stuff like that, but for the most part, they’ve been trying to put a product out there to win games,” Harrington said, recently. “And to see how they finish last year, knowing Nene, knowing how good John [Wall] could be, seeing that Bradley Beal is a superstar in the making also, why wouldn’t you want to play with these guys? And then you’ve got Kevin [Seraphin], Jan [Vesely]. It’s just a great young nucleus here and then you add myself, and Trevor [Ariza] and Martell [Webster] and all these guys to the mix, I think we can do something special this year.” Washington Post

September 5, 2013 Updates

After rehabilitating all summer, Nene is back and training with the Wizards a little less than a month before training camp begins. He is joined this week by the Wizards' key free agent acquisition, Eric Maynor. Al Harrington, who signed in August as a free agent, has yet to report because he is dealing with a family matter. John Wall, Bradley Beal, Glen Rice and Martell Webster already have been training at Verizon Center. CSNWashington.com

August 14, 2013 Updates

The Washington Wizards announced Wednesday that they have signed free agent forward Al Harrington. Terms of the deal were not announced, but it’s expected to be for one year and $1.4 million, the veterans’ minimum. Washington Post

“Al’s all-around game and reputation as a leader make him a solid fit with our team,” Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld said in a statement. “He will give us additional depth and experience in the frontcourt, the ability to stretch defenses and another proven veteran in the locker room.” Washington Post

August 13, 2013 Updates
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A person with knowledge of the Wizards’ plans confirms that the two sides are talking and have expressed “mutual interest.” Harrington recently negotiated a buyout with the Orlando Magic for the final two years of his $14.7 million contract and became an unrestricted free agent last week. Washington Post

Harrington is represented by Dan Fegan, the same agent as Wall, Nene and Webster. Fegan brought Webster to the Wizards last August after Webster received a buyout from Minnesota. Webster went on to have a career year after suffering two injury-plagued seasons with the Timberwolves and signed a five-year, $22 million deal this summer. Washington Post

Al Harrington, one of the NBA's top available free agents since negotiating his release from the Orlando Magic earlier this month, is leaning toward signing with the Washington Wizards, according to sources close to the situation. Sources told ESPN.com that the Wizards, who have one guaranteed roster spot open, are looking to add some frontcourt scoring punch and have aggressively pursued Harrington since he cleared waivers Aug. 4. ESPN.com

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