Wittman: Harrington opens floor for guards, too

Wittman: Harrington opens floor for guards, too
September 10, 2013, 8:00 am
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The Wizards open training camp Sept. 29, but most of the 15-man roster already has gone to work at Verizon Center. Coach Randy Wittman recently talked to CSN Washington about the task ahead for a team that only won 29 games last season and hasn't made the playoffs since 2008 but is expected to turn this around. 

Tuesday's key question: How does Al Harrington, acquired in the first week of August, fit into the mix? Wittman has been on vacation until recently and had yet to express his thoughts on the signing of the Wizards' 15th player.

Wittman: "He gives us the stretch-four capability, a guy that can play power forward position and stretch the floor for us which we really haven't had. We've gone more stretch threes (small forwards) with Trevor (Ariza), Martell (Webster) or Chris (Singleton) playing that spot rather than having the capability of the bigger guy that can both defend some power forwards but from an offensive standpoint stretch the floor to the three-point line. That's going to create space for not only who he's playing with as a big giving others more room in the box but also for guys like John (Wall) and Bradley (Beal) the floor is going to be spread and you're going to have to pay attention to our ability to do that. 

"It's just about how you're trying to improve your team. That's the one area, that one spot left open I told you before I'd like to maybe get a guy who can spread the floor and be more of a perimeter four. We've obviously got Mek (Emeka Okafor) and Nene, Kevin (Seraphin) and Book (Trevor Booker), guys that really are power players that play a lot on the box. I needed that one guy that can play at the three-point line."

UPDATE 4:43 p.m.:  Harrington was expected to begin training with his new teammates this week at Verizon Center. Because of a serious family medical situation, however, he has yet to report.

Monday's take: Full-speed ahead with Nene