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Report: Al Harrington leaning toward signing with Wizards

Aug 12, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

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Al Harrington could really help the team that snaps him up — two seasons ago he averaged 14.2 points a game, was a big who could stretch the floor all the way out to the three point line.

That is he could help if he’s healthy. That’s the gamble.

And it may be the Wizards that take that risk, reports Marc Stein of ESPN.

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.

J. Michael of CSNWashington.com has confirmed there is mutual interest and a deal appears close.

Harrington is recovering from an meniscus surgery that evolved into a staph infection last season — and recovery is a little slower at age 33. He played just 10 games last season (which also was tied to the Magic wanting to play their youngsters). However, he says he has dropped 27 pounds and is ready to go.

This would work for Washington, which already has guys like Emeka Okafor and Jan Vesely who can play the four (next to Nene at the five), plus Chris Singleton can step into that role off the bench. If Harrington can play they can certainly use the minutes, but if not they’ll be fine.

We’ll see if it’s Washington or if another team jumps in at the last minute.

  1. saint1997 - Aug 12, 2013 at 8:43 AM

    John Wall did say he wanted a big who could pick and pop – I’m just a bit worried the Wizards will be this past seasons Blazers. A talented starting 5 with no depth and not enough star presence

    • thirdistheworrd - Aug 12, 2013 at 5:25 PM

      I’m far more worried about star presence than depth. Ariza, Okafor, and Webster coming off the bench is solid frontcourt depth and Kevin Seraphin is one of the better developing centers in the league. Eric Maynor and Glen Rice are more than capable fill-ins at either guard position. Beal and Wall are star material, and Nene is one the league’s more underrated players. The question is whether they are capable of dominating a game like a star needs to be able to to.

      In other words, this is a competitive team, just not a contender yet.

  2. miamatt - Aug 12, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    Seems like it would be a good gamble for the Wizards. Methinks they’ll be in the mix for a playoff spot this season.

  3. thirdistheworrd - Aug 12, 2013 at 1:48 PM

    Next headline: Ernie Grunfeld leaning towards signing Harrington for seven years, 80 milion dollars, promises deal will get the Wizards an above average NBA vet while simultaneously preventing the organization from ever improving.

    • thirdistheworrd - Aug 12, 2013 at 5:13 PM

      I should have added that I say this as a die-hard Bullets fan since birth. I like the pickup, but can’t trust Ernie to ever do anything right. He was reportedly against offering Wall a max deal– I’m a DC sports optimist to the point of lunacy, but Grunfeld just makes loving our team exhausting and heart-breaking.

  4. adamsjohn714 - Aug 12, 2013 at 4:20 PM

    Man this guy stinks. But he scored some points 2 years ago. Let’s pretend that we’re capable of turning him around, making him younger, and showing all those other teams how dumb they were.

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