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Al Harrington, DeShawn Stevenson officially free agents

Aug 5, 2013, 1:05 PM EDT

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This was a bit of housekeeping. Expected news but now it is official.

Al Harrington and DeShawn Stevenson have cleared waivers and are now free agents, reports Marc Stein of ESPN. Again, not a shock as, for example, nobody was going to pick up the $14.7 million left on Harrington’s contract (his buyout with Orlando was likely for the $7.4 million guaranteed on his deal). Orlando waived Harrington, Atlanta Stevenson.

Now both can sign with any team, they just have to prove they are healthy.

The question with Harrington is health — he has battled knee issues for a couple of seasons and last season he didn’t return until February then only played in 10 games. He has dropped 27 pounds in workouts, is he back to being the guy who averaged 14.2 points a game two seasons ago? If so he has value.

Stevenson has value as well if healthy — but there is no way the Heat are picking him up. Stevenson had a knee problem last year and averaged 5.1 points a game in the 56 games he actually got in.

Someone likely picks them up for the minimum.

  1. ringjames - Aug 5, 2013 at 1:33 PM

    Heat should go after Harrington. A stretch 4 that can run the floor, when healthy. Coming off the bench, or even starting in place of Haslem because of height and spacing; Deshawn Stevenson would be a good fit, not great, but I don’t want him near my team. No leeching off us to increase your ring count.

    • fanofevilempire - Aug 5, 2013 at 1:56 PM

      Heat suck, they will sign to play@ msg

    • Hughes - Aug 5, 2013 at 2:22 PM

      I was thinking the same thing. But with the ink not yet dry on Oden’s contract, I have a hard time seeing them picking up yet another knee injury plagued player.

  2. boltsup - Aug 5, 2013 at 3:23 PM

    Lakers need Harrington… We need a stretch 4 or else J. hill is at the 4 :/

    • 00maltliquor - Aug 5, 2013 at 3:43 PM

      J. Hill’s gonna be a near all-star this year! Top 5 rebounder if he starts and plays over 32 min. a game! But I’d still take Harrington to play backup, that would make me happy.

  3. saintlaron - Aug 5, 2013 at 4:04 PM

    Yea Hill is under-rated… pretty good role player.

  4. bigx21 - Aug 5, 2013 at 7:12 PM

    Al Harrington, GO back to Denver plzzzzz!! He had is best late years with Denver as a sixth man.

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