HoopsHype Al Harrington rumors

November 25, 2014 Updates

According to a source with knowledge of the situation, the Houston Rockets are considering signing 16-year veteran forward Al Harrington, who was recently cut in China in order to allow him to pursue a NBA return. Harrington played 34 games for the Washington Wizards last season, averaging 6.6 points and 2.2 rebounds. With great experience and versatility, he could be an ideal fit on the Rockets’ frontline as they await Terrence Jones’ return from a nerve issue in his left leg. Basketball Insiders

Fujian now has import forward DJ White training with the team. Source says Al Harrington has received an offer from NBA, so Fujian is going to sign DJ to replace him. Sohu.com

November 21, 2014 Updates

Marc Stein: Lakers backcourt target John Lucas officially on way to China, I'm told, to join Al Harrington w/Fujian. They'll be back in FEB for NBA jobs Twitter @ESPNSteinLine

October 1, 2014 Updates

Pierce chose the Wizards this offseason in free agency, only after discussions with then-Wizards assistant coach Sam Cassell and former Wizards forward Al Harrington convinced him that this place was right to continue and possibly finish his Hall of Fame-bound career. "I asked them at first what the guys were like to work with, you know, Bradley and all these guys," Pierce told USA TODAY Sports. "I asked them about the culture, 'Are there good guys in the locker room?' And they kept on saying, 'You're really gonna like these guys. You're really gonna like these guys.' " USA Today Sports

August 12, 2014 Updates
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Jared Zwerling: Source: Al Harrington has signed to play in China next season. Announcement to come Monday. Beyond China, still envisions coaching w/ Wiz. Twitter @JaredZwerling

July 16, 2014 Updates

But Tuesday night, as the Wizards continued to make moves such as acquiring Kris Humphries in a trade, re-signing Drew Gooden and securing Paul Pierce in free agency over the weekend, CSNWashington.com has been told Harrington intends to play 2014-15. CSNWashington.com

July 9, 2014 Updates

Harrington maintains an offseason home in Los Angeles and has spent some time this summer with fellow free agent Trevor Ariza, whom the Wizards want to take back but at the right price. Ariza has drawn interest from a handful of teams and is reportedly seeking a salary in the $9 million to $11 million range. Harrington was with Ariza for his low key 29th birthday celebration on June 30 and again on the first day of the free agent negotiating period. “He got to take care of himself and take care of his family at the end of the day,” Harrington said. “This is his last big deal, essentially, so that’s how he has to look at it. He has to get as much security as he can. We don’t talk details but he wants to be here. I think that’s the one thing Washington has over other people is he’s comfortable here. He like what he’s building here. Now it’s just a matter of him coming to terms.” Washington Post

“He knew it was part of the process. He knew it was part of the process,” Harrington said. “He knew had to wait for Carmelo and Bron to sign before him and Deng, and all those guys, that second tier. So he’s patient. He’s not worried about it. Everybody can’t sign until Thursday anyway. Once everybody gets into the camp, he’ll be one of those top guys after that.” Washington Post

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June 27, 2014 Updates

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

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