Longtime NBA forward Al Harrington plans to play during the 2014-15 season after briefly considering a move to coaching, reports J. Michael of CSN Washington.
Harrington is currently in Las Vegas helping on the bench with the Washington Wizards’ Summer League squad after spending last season with the team. He reportedly thought about retiring earlier this offseason after 16 seasons in the league, but has decided to give it one more go if his body permits.
Injuries have decimated the last few years of Harrington’s career, and his return to the Wizards last season was considered borderline remarkable. He only played in 34 games, but after looking essentially finished during a brief stint with the Orlando Magic the previous season, it was still quite impressive.
Harrington averaged 6.6 points and 2.4 rebounds in those games, plus he shot 34 percent from beyond the arc. He’s obviously no longer the player he once was after so many injuries, but remains a strong veteran presence in the locker room and that’s something Washington has coveted.
What’s less clear is whether the Wizards will bring Harrington back, especially after filling their frontcourt by adding Paul Pierce and Kris Humphries, and re-signing Drew Gooden. CSN Washington says the Wizards still haven’t offered Harrington a contract, which would likely be worth the veteran’s minimum of $1.448 million over one year.
Other teams could certainly get into the mix for Harrington, but given that he’s still with the Wizards in Las Vegas, they should be considered the obvious frontrunners to get him. We’ll see if he can prove he’s healthy enough to deserve playing time anywhere next season.
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