Morning tip: Harrington must shape up

Morning tip: Harrington must shape up
September 26, 2013, 8:30 am
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Could Wizards return to playoffs this season?

The Wizards may have to wait a while to find out exactly what they have in Al Harrington, who was acquired in free agency last month.

Harrington recently arrived to begin training with his new teammates at Verizon Center, but he's not yet in top form. Training camp starts Saturday at George Mason University in nearby Fairfax, Va. 

"He's doing fine. Sitting out a year like he did basically, he's going to have to get his timing and all (those) things coming back," Wizards coach Randy Wittman said when asked how Harrington has looked in workouts. "He's a veteran that's been in the league 15 years. In the month of October we'll get him, first and foremost, back into basketball shape and then all that others comes with it."

With center Emeka Okafor out indefinitely with a herniated disk in his neck, Harrington's ability to contribute immediately becomes more vital. 

Harrington is undersized at 6-9 to play center, but he has filled that role in his career, particularly with the Denver Nuggets, when they went with a small lineup. Kevin Seraphin, who backed up Okafor last season, could move into that spot or Wittman could put his 7-footer, Nene, there, too. 

Harrington only played 10 games for the Orlando Magic before a staph infection in his right knee ruined his 2012-13 season. He was bought out by them this summer, and the Wizards acquired Harrington on a one-year, $1.4 million deal. 

"Is he in great shape right now? I don't think he would tell you he is," Wittman said of Harrington. "That's what training camp is for. You think you're in good shape until that first day and you're like, 'Holy crap.' That happens."