The Washington Wizards have signed former Orlando Magic forward Al Harrington. The move is definitely a smart one for the Wizards because it provides them with experience and a veteran presence that will definitely be helpful next season.
Harrington has confirmed that his right knee injury will not be a problem as he is nearly done recovering from a staph infection.
“Over these three weeks, is where I got to the point where I’d say I’m really close to 100 percent,” Harrington told the Washington Post. “Everybody that’s watching me play right now is saying the same thing, that they feel like I’m back playing how I did, going back to when I was playing with the Knicks. That’s a good feeling for me.
At this point, he is eager to join the team and work out with the players so that they can build some chemistry that will be necessary if Washington plans on making some noise in the Eastern Conference. That may sound like a joke to many, but Harrington is convinced his new team can reach the postseason.
“I’m excited and I feel like this team is definitely going to make the playoffs,” Harrington said, according to the Washington Post.
The fact is Harrington’s 14 years of experience could certainly prove to be valuable for the younger players who are trying to learn how to play the game at a high level. Not to mention, he will also provide solid depth at the power forward position behind Nene.
In just 10 games with the Magic last season, Harrington averaged 5.1 points, 2.7 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 11.9 minutes per game. He also shot 35.1 percent from the field.