HoopsHype Al Harrington rumors

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

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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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Despite averaging 20.7 points as a starter for the New York Knicks five seasons ago, Harrington wants to return to the super-sub role he played so well with the Nuggets. He averaged 14.2 points and 27.5 minutes per game for the Nuggets in 2011-12 while finishing fourth in NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award voting. No matter what he's being paid or whom he's playing for, Harrington is looking forward to competing again. "I want to win, so I'll put it like this: I want to go to a situation where I can compete to make the playoffs," he said. "I'm too old to play for nothing. When I was younger, of course you play for stats and you want to be good, but I'm not going to be a Hall of Famer or nothing like that, so I want to win. I just want to win. "Whatever situation I can get to where I can help a team win, that's what I want to do. I don't want to play 36 minutes or none of that. Play 20, 25 minutes, just help mentor the young guys and stuff like that." USA Today Sports

And as he has been waiting to learn of his new destination, with the Magic likely to either trade him or waive him sooner rather than later, the 33-year-old who swears he isn't done yet has had his views crystallized on today's NBA. "Being in that situation in Orlando, you get a real good look at politics and stuff like that, the part of the game that's not attractive — just the business side of it," Harrington told USA TODAY Sports recently while training in Las Vegas. "One thing I realized is that it's not about how much you can play or what you can do on the court anymore. The game has become about (financial) numbers and salaries and stuff like that. "It's not what you can do anymore. It's what you can do at that price. And everybody wants a deal, you know what I mean?" USA Today Sports

Harrington, who was traded from Denver to Orlando as part of the four-team trade that sent Dwight Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers last summer, was never seen as part of the Magic's long-term plan. What's more, he was unable to contribute at the start, as a routine surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee went wrong in April 2012 when he suffered from a staph infection that served as a serious setback. One season after he'd been one of the best sixth men in the game for the Nuggets, he played in just 10 games for the Magic last season. "I had to use a PICC line (used for intravenous therapy) to give myself medicine twice a day, and stuff like that," Harrington said of the infection. "It was a tough time. Probably the first week of it was the toughest, just not knowing really how sick you are and at that point you're not worried about your knee. You're worried about your life. "I was very scared, just seeing how it broke my body down so fast. I had lost like 30 pounds, had rings around my eyes. I was looking bad." USA Today Sports

July 14, 2013 Updates

Add small forward Al Harrington to the list of potential Knicks targets. Harrington, a former teammate of Carmelo Anthony’s in Denver, is expected to be bought out by the Magic. The former Knick is in Vegas, where he owns a home. New York Post

July 13, 2013 Updates

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