Wizards inch toward landing Harrington

Wizards inch toward landing Harrington
August 12, 2013, 10:15 am
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Contrary to how quickly they moved in free agency, the Wizards have taken their time in securing a 15th and final player for their roster before training camp starts Sept. 28.

They've been waiting for a veteran who can score to come available, and that player is likely to be Al Harrington, a free agent power forward who recently was released by the Orlando Magic.

Monday, CSN Washington confirmed there is mutual interest on both sides in regards to Harrington, a physical, 6-9 "stretch" power forward the Wizards lack.

Harrington, 33, only played 10 games last season with the Magic after developing a staph infection in his knee. Harrington has career averages of 13.7 points and 5.7 rebounds, has played for six teams and has proven to be a valuable sixth man.

He averaged 20.1 points and 6.2 rebounds with the Golden State Warriors and New York Knicks in 2008-09, his most productive season.

The Wizards, who are in need of a scoring after finishing last in the NBA last season at 93.2 points per game, are now overloaded with forwards after drafting small forward Otto Porter and shooting guard/small forward Glen Rice in June.

They also have forwards Jan Vesely, Chris Singleton, Trevor Booker, Martell Webster, Trevor Ariza and Nene who also plays center. Kevin Seraphin plays center even though he's 6-8.

If Harrington pans out, that makes it likely the Wizards eventually will have to alleviate that logjam by making another move. They have five guards on the roster: John Wall, Bradley Beal, Eric Maynor, Garrett Temple and Rice. Webster can play some guard when needed though him and Rice aren't ball-handlers. The Wizards experimented with Porter at guard Las Vegas during summer league but he admittedly wasn't comfortable there and it remains to be seen if he's a viable option.

Singleton and Vesely, going into their third season, played sporadically in 2012-13. Both played on the summer league team and have options after this season.

The Wizards moved quickly during the off-season, signing Maynor, Webster and Temple in the first three days of the free-agent signing period. When the window opened to negotiate Wall's extension, they got it done in less than a month and secured him through 2019 for $80 million.