Veteran forward Al Harrington flew in to the District today to perform a physical and subsequently signed a year deal worth the league minimum, which is approximately $1.4 million.
Washington Post’s Michael Lee reported that Harrington had contacted John Wall last week to inform him of his intention to sign with the team. Wall replied. “help me get to the playoffs.”
Harrington plans on doing just that and believes the franchise is close to returning to respectability. He said that as long as the team stays healthy, they will definitely be one of the top eight teams in the East.
With Harrington on board, the Wizards have a more established bench presence and a big body who can shoot from just about any range. His 6’9 frame has the strength to take the ball to the rim and his shooting range will allow the Wizards to spread the floor and improve spacing.
The main concern for the Wizards after acquiring Harrington will be Al’s health and rehab after a torn meniscus and staph infection shelved him for all but 10 games last season in Orlando. However, since April, Harrington has taken dramatic leaps to recovery working out in Las Vegas, a process that has helped him shed nearly 30 pounds down to his prime playing weight.
Labeling himself “an officer in the locker room” should bode well for the otherwise younger talent in the Wizards locker room. Having briefly met some of the players, including Wall, Harrington said he was already impressed by their attitude.
Welcome to DC, Officer Harrington. We’re glad to have you report for duty!
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