Whether the Wizards make a move at the trading deadline or not, the lineup is on the verge of adding another piece.
Al Harrington, out since Dec. 19, participated in his full practice on Sunday since undergoing a right knee procedure, signaling the veteran could return in the coming days.
"He practiced yesterday, he's moving along," Wizards coach Randy Wittman said. "That's really his first full-fledged practice. We'll have an opportunity here in the next couple of days. When we get back from Cleveland, he'll get more practice. He's getting closer."
Earlier this month Harrington stated a post All-Star break return. Washington plays at Atlanta on Wednesday, hosts the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday and at the Cavaliers on Sunday. There are opportunities for practice in between Atlanta and New Orleans.
Harrington, who had surgery to remove loose particles in his knee, has only played in seven games after signing with Washington in the offseason. The hope was he would provide the frontcourt with a perimeter threat, something the lineup currently lacks from the power forward options.
Getting back a healthy Harrington - certainly a major "if" based on the opening 50 games - could be as helpful as anything other potential addition. Even better, it won't cost a thing.