Al Harrington activated as Miller preps for Wizards debut

Al Harrington activated as Miller preps for Wizards debut
February 22, 2014, 5:45 pm
(Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports)

For the first time since December, Al Harrington is on the Wizards active roster.

"We're going to activate Al," Wizards coach Randy Wittman said during his pregame media session before Washington hosts the New Orleans Pelicans. "How much is he ready to play is a question we're going to have to see. We've got a roster spot open. To have him on the bench, his ability to talk to guys during the game. That was all big when he was active to start the year, not just his play on the floor."

Harrington last played on Nov. 19, then underwent a right knee procedure one month later. The stretch-four option returned to full practice this week.

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"If this situation presents itself I've got to try and get him out there, see exactly where he is at," Wittman said. "But I don't think he's ready for a flurry of minutes yet."

The Wizards are ready for additional scoring bunch off the bench. Washington ranks 28th in bench scoring, which was a reason the team acquired veteran point guard Andre Miller on Thursday before the league's trading deadline. Miller will make his debut against New Orleans.

"The second unit is now going to have Al Harrington, who can stretch the floor for us all the way to the 3-point line," center Marcin Gortat said following Washington's morning practice. "Then you have [Andre], a willing passer," Gortat said. "The second unit should be pretty nice now."