Wizards wait for Harrington to clear medically

Wizards wait for Harrington to clear medically
August 13, 2013, 5:15 pm
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Harrington gives Wizards valuable 6th man

Orlando Magic forward Al Harrington (3) is defended by Philadelphia 76ers center Spencer Hawes (00) during the fourth quarter at the Wells Fargo Center.

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The Wizards appear to have their man in Al Harrington, but he still must pass a physical and it likely won't be made official until Wednesday.

Harrington, recently released by the Orlando Magic after a staph infection in his right knee only allowed him to play 10 games last season, is in Washington and intends to sign here as a free agent, several persons with knowledge of the situation told CSN Washington. It'll be a one-year deal at the veteran minimum of $1.4 million.

He had two years left on his deal with Orlando at $15 million. He was bought out for half that total after the Magic failed to find a trade partner.

Harrington, 33, 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.

Harrington's signing would give the Wizards the maximum 15 players allowed under contract with training camp looming Sept. 28.

His ability to play all three post positions make him an extremely valuable piece for Washington, which has had trouble finding scoring in the paint and finding a "stretch" post option to run the pick-and-roll with John Wall.