HoopsHype Al Harrington rumors

July 30, 2013 Updates

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

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Harrington is expected to work out for other teams in early June with the permission of Orlando, who will either try to trade Harrington around the draft or likely buyout his non-guaranteed contract in July. HoopsWorld

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Al now refuses to call it quits even though the Magic have told him he probably won't play the rest of the season, another older player caught up in a youth movement. He's in the same boat with Hedo Turkoglu. Harrington has been around too long not to realize how a rebuild works. He's a pro's pro, but that doesn't mean he likes sitting. "I understand what they're doing here. I do. But I think I have something left in this old tank," he said. His knee, apparently, is no longer an issue, although injuries throughout his career have taken a toll. Orlando Sentinel

Harrington hopes to hook on with another team, preferably a playoff-caliber club. If he can't, even as much as he loves the game, then he will face facts. "I'm through playing with bad teams," he said. "If I can't [sign with a playoff team,] then that's probably it. What would be the point?" Orlando Sentinel

March 21, 2013 Updates

After an arduous rehabilitation process, Harrington played his first game this season on Feb. 26. He's played in 10 games for the Magic, averaging 5.1 points and 2.7 rebounds in 11.9 minutes per game. He probably doesn’t fit into the rebuilding franchise’s long-term plans. Next season, he’s due to earn about $7.1 million, but only $3.55 million of that is guaranteed. In 2013-14, he’s due to earn $7.6 million, but only $3.8 million of that is guaranteed. If the Magic were to waive him outright this summer, the team would be required to pay him the guaranteed portions of both seasons. Orlando Sentinel

Al Harrington’s right knee is fine, but it’s possible that the veteran forward won’t play again this season for the Orlando Magic. Magic coach Jacque Vaughn intends to play his young big men — 20-year-old Tobias Harris, 22-year-old Kyle O’Quinn, 22-year-old Nik Vucevic and 23-year-old Andrew Nicholson — as much as possible in the Magic's final 13 games. And that won't leave much, if any, time for Harrington, a 33-year-old veteran. Harrington hasn’t played in Orlando’s last three games, including Wednesday night’s 106-94 loss to the New York Knicks. “It’s really nothing to do with his knees,” Vaughn said. Orlando Sentinel

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