Orlando Magic Rumors: Al Harrington to Be Bought Out?
There has been speculation with the Orlando Magic about what the team is going to do with the terrible contracts of Al Harrington and Hedo Turkoglu. If they stayed with the Magic, Harrington and Turkoglu would be owed a combined $19 million next season, which is far from what their production has warranted.
The predominating belief around NBA circles is that both Turkoglu and Harrington are going to be bought out by the Magic. As of right now, though, it seems like Harrington will likely be the first one to go in Orlando. According to HoopsWorld’s Alex Kennedy, Harrington was asked what team he played for while attending the Orlando Summer League to which the forward replied, “I’m about to be a free-agent.”
Harrington appeared in just 10 games for the Magic last season after a slew of injuries kept him out. Playing just 11.9 minutes per game, he averaged only 5.1 points, 2.7 rebounds and one assists per game and shooting only 35.1 percent from the field and 26.7 percent from three.
For his career, though, the 33-year-old Harrington has averaged 13.7 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game while shooting 44.5 percent from the field and 35.2 percent from three. He’s also displayed sub-par defensive skills since coming into the league in 1998.
It’s pretty clear that Harrington is well past his prime is likely going to be an injury risk for the rest of his NBA career. However, if team’s are looking for a big stretch forward that can provide offense and will come at a bargain, Harrington is still certainly a guy who could fill that role.