It looks like it's only a matter of time before Al Harrington will be a member of the Washington Wizards. The veteran forward is flying into Washington D.C. to take a physical Tuesday, and if all goes well, he will sign a one-year contract for the veteran's minimum of $1.4 million, according to Michael Lee of the Washington Post.
The Wizards have clearly zeroed in on Harrington since he was let go by the Orlando Magic earlier in the summer. They traveled to Las Vegas to watch him work out with renown trainer Joe Abunassar and reportedly were impressed. (If you're so inclined, Harrington has posted a couple quick workout videos on his Twitter account. Best handle ever). The deal is not done, but it sounds like it's a mere formality based on this excerpt from Lee's story.
A source close to Harrington said he is "pumped" about possibly joining the Wizards, who have already had a busy offseason that includes locking up Wall with a maximum contract extension, drafting Otto Porter Jr. and Glen Rice Jr., retaining Martell Webster and Garrett Temple, and signing Eric Maynor in free agency.
Harrington played in just 10 games last year after suffering a staph infection thanks to a botched knee surgery for a partially-torn meniscus in the summer of 2012. Two years ago, he averaged 14 points and six rebounds in 27.5 minutes per game as a key sub for George Karl's Nuggets. The hope is that Harrington, who will turn 34 in February, can provide three-point shooting and leadership behind Emeka Okafor and Nene. He is a career 35-percent shooter from deep.
The signing would put the Wizards at 15 guaranteed contracts and within a few hundred thousand dollars of the luxury-tax line, which could limit in-season flexibility to pick up a player if someone gets injured or make an unbalanced trade. That's why it wouldn't surprise me if the Wizards traded away a young forward to gain some of that back. Chris Singleton would appear to be the guy on notice.
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