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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

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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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Harrington, who will turn 33 later this month, has been steadily increasing the intensity of his workouts in hopes of getting back on the floor as soon as possible for the Magic. He started playing three-on-three pick-up games three weeks ago and he’s since worked his way into practice sessions with the Magic. Harrington said on Friday from Boston that he was unsure about his exact return date, but he’s closer now than he has been at any point. ``I’ve only had a chance to go through two hard practices where I went full speed and I feel good. I feel like I’m really close now,’’ said Harrington, a 15-year NBA veteran. ``I’m just going to keep working and rehabbing. I feel like there’s finally light at the end of the tunnel. I’m not exactly sure when I’ll get to go out there, but I feel like it should be soon.’’ NBA.com

Al Harrington said he is making progress as he attempts to return from issues in his right knee after a staph infection took hold in the joint last May. “It feels pretty good,” Harrington said after the Magic finished their shootaround at TD Garden this morning. “I’m getting in better shape. My wind is getting better. So I’m thinking now it’s just a matter of time. I’m just trying to get a couple of practices in; our schedule is not allowing that. But I feel good with everything I’m doing so far. “I feel like I’m really close now. I’m just going to keep working, keep rehabbing. I feel like there’s finally light at the end of the tunnel. I’m not sure exactly when I’ll probably get an opportunity to go out there, but I feel like it should be soon.” Orlando Sentinel

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Al Harrington, who hasn't played this season because a staph infection ravaged his right knee following offseason arthroscopic surgery, joined the Magic on the road for the second time this season. The 6-foot-9 power forward worked out before tipoff under the supervision of Magic physical therapist Ed Manalo. Magic fans seem fascinated with Harrington's status, and he's often asked over Twitter when he'll return. "I'm sure they're like that just because I haven't played yet," Harrington said. "It's like that toy that's on the shelf that everybody's just waiting to use." Orlando Sentinel

January 13, 2013 Updates

If the Orlando Magic needed any additional proof that power forwards Glen Davis and Al Harrington progressing in their return from injuries, Davis and Harrington provided that evidence Sunday afternoon. Davis and Harrington joined the Magic in Washington and participated in portions of practice at Verizon Center. It was the first time this season all 15 players on the roster have attended a practice on the road. It’s unclear whether Davis will play Monday night against the Washington Wizards, and Harrington is at least a couple of weeks away from playing in a game. Orlando Sentinel

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