The Orlando Magic officially waived forward Al Harrington Friday afternoon. Harrington landed in Orlando prior to the start of last season as part of the 4 team trade involving the Los Angeles Lakers, Orlando Magic, Philadelphia 76ers and Denver Nuggets (Dwight Howard – Andrew Bynum trade) . Harrington only played in 10 games last season for the Magic, averaging just 5.1 points per game.
Harrington is an offensive minded player that might pique the interest of the offensive minded Mike D’Antoni who has a penchant for stretch 4s. Over Harrington’s career he has been a consistent scorer, both coming off the bench and as a starter. Prior to Orlando Harrington played two seasons with the Denver Nuggets where he was primarily a 6th man and effective in that role.
Harrington was successful in his short time with the New York Knicks where he enjoyed some of his most productive years. In the 2008-2009, Harrington averaged 20.7 points and 6.3 rebounds per game for the Knicks. He followed that season up with 17.7 points and 5.6 rebounds per game average in his last season with the Knicks before moving on to Denver.
Harrington can play both the 3, 4 and in a really small line up can even play the 5. Harrington, a 35.2 percent career 3 point shooter, can stretch the floor with his ability to hit the 3 point shot.
The Lakers might be interested in picking up the 33 year old Harrington for a veterans minimum contract once he clears waivers on Sunday.
– Fern Rea
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