Los Angeles Lakers Rumors: Should Team Reach Out To Al Harrington?

By Nugesse Ghebrendrias
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With the Orlando Magic releasing Al Harrington, could he be an option for the Los Angeles Lakers?

Last season, Harrington was limited to only 10 games due to a staph infection in his knee. When healthy, Harrington can provide the Lakers with size and the ability to stretch the floor. Throughout his career, he’s always had a very consistent 3-point shot and for Los Angeles, that would be a very big part of their offense.

Harrington had his best year as an NBA player under coach Mike D’Antoni. In the 2008-09 season, Harrington averaged 20.7 points on 45 percent shooting. He made a career-high 162 3-point field goals that season as well. His ability to shoot from long distance could be very useful to the Lakers if they decide to give him a shot.

With the Lakers’ roster already taking shape, Harrington must impress in training camp if he wants to make the squad for the coming season.

Unfortunately, if any deal is to be made it would have to pass through D’Antoni as well. While both were with the New York Knicks, there were plenty of rumors being spread suggesting that D’Antoni was trying to trade Harrington. “Communication is the key with everything,” Harrington added to the New York Daily News. “I respect people that tell you what it is. Don’t tell me one thing and say something different to somebody else.”

Harrington could be a great value pickup for the Lakers, but with D’Antoni at the helm, who knows what could happen.

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