With Al Harrington officially inking a contract with the Washington Wizards, their roster is now at max-capacity with 15 players.
Seeing that Harrington only played 10 games last season with the Orlando Magic, you have to wonder what role Washington has in mind for him. Is he simply a roster-filler? This could be the case as not many players signed this late in the game find rotational roles with their new teams. Or does Washington have plans to use him as a super-sub? My money is on this answer being yes.
Both John Wall and Wizards’ GM Ernie Grunfeld have been on record saying that Washington needs a stretch power forward. Seeing that Washington didn’t draft or sign a player who fits that role, it appears clear that the Wizards envision Harrington filling it.
The question is which Harrington is Washington getting. According to a Harrington tweet, he is completely healthy from the knee issues that have dogged him. Even if his comments are overzealous, Harrington will contribute perimeter shooting, if nothing else. His career 35 percent mark from three solves many of Washington’s spacing issues.
A potential lineup of Wall, Bradley Beal, Martell Webster, Harrington and Nene would be extremely difficult for teams to defend. If Harrington is able to contribute defensively and on the glass, I can see him supplanting Emeka Okafor in Washington’s crunch-time lineup.
Time will tell how much Harrington has in the tank. But with only a small financial investment tied to his contract, he’s certainly worth the risk.