Washington Wizards Rumors: Al Harrington 'Close' to Signing, Would Be Excellent Veteran Addition

By Ryan Heckman
Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

The Washington Wizards have had a solid offseason. They got the one guy they wanted in the NBA Draft when they selected Georgetown swingman Otto Porter Jr. as well as handed star point guard John Wall a hefty extension, keeping him around for another five years.

At the moment, teams are looking to round out their rosters with a veteran or two as preseason nears closer and closer each week. The Wizards have been said to be interested in adding another wing to help solidify the rotation, and are well on their way to doing so.

Former Orlando Magic small forward and 15-year veteran Al Harrington was cut this summer and is rumored to be leaning towards signing with the Wizards.

According to multiple sources including Sports Illustrated and CBSSports, Harrington visited the Wizards Tuesday and is expected to sign a one-year deal for the veteran’s minimum.

For the Wizards, this makes sense. Harrington is a savvy veteran when healthy and can still ad some toughness and grittiness to a team full of youngsters. The last time he played significant minutes was for the Denver Nuggets a couple years ago, where he averaged double-digit scoring and a rather efficient percentage.

In 2011, Harrington averaged 14 points on 44.6 percent shooting, which the Wizards would gladly take if he could give them that off the bench. He would be a nice veteran addition for Washington and could be another asset to the development of guys like Porter and Bradley Beal.

Expect to hear about a deal relatively soon. We will keep you updated as soon as that happens.

Ryan Heckman is a Senior Writer for RantSports.comFollow him on Twitter  @ryanmheckman, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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