LAS VEGAS -- Only a week or two ago, the future of Al Harrington, who spent his first and only season with the Wizards ailing because of a right knee and left shoulder that required surgeries, seemed to be in coaching. He's serving in an unofficial capacity on the bench here for summer league.
The Wizards won their third game in a row with "coach Al," as Glen Rice calls him, helping out assistant Sam Cassell.
But Tuesday night, as the Wizards continued to make moves such as acquiring Kris Humphries in a trade, re-signing Drew Gooden and securing Paul Pierce in free agency over the weekend, CSNWashington.com has been told Harrington intends to play 2014-15.
The Wizards, however, still haven't offered Harrington a contract which likely would be a one-year deal for the veteran minimum of $1.448 million. He played for the minimum last season and had his moments but his knee forced him to miss 47 games. Teams can sign as many players as they want under the vet minimum without regards to the salary cap.
With a full summer to rejuvenate himself, Harrington is no longer hedging on his future being on the sideline or the court. He's got next, and is hoping the Wizards call his name.
The influence of Trevor Ariza is sorely going to be missed in the locker room, and Harrington's experience, maturity and demeanor -- as well as his ability to stretch the floor with the three-point shot -- is valued.