In an expected move, the Washington Wizards announced via Twitter Wednesday morning the signing of Orlando Magic free agent forward Al Harrington. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the Washington Post is reporting the contract is expected to be for the veteran's minimum of one year and $1.4 million.
For a career, the 33-year-old veteran has averaged 13.7 points and shot 35.2 percent from three-point range. He will provide a much-needed stretch-four role in Washington, something Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld touched upon in a statement via the Post on Tuesday after the signing:
"Al’s all-around game and reputation as a leader make him a solid fit with our team. He will give us additional depth and experience in the frontcourt, the ability to stretch defenses and another proven veteran in the locker room.”
In late July, Harrington told Sam Amick of USA Today Sports that he shed 27 pounds this offseason and feels he's in game-ready shape, but then days later he was waived by the Magic. Harrington played just 10 games last season for Orlando because of a staph infection after meniscus surgery. Although limited by various injuries throughout his 15-year career, Harrington is only five years removed from perhaps his best season statistically, when he averaged 20.7 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.2 steals in 68 games for the New York Knicks in the 2008-09 season.
The 29-53 Wizards last season finished in a tie with the Detroit Pistons for the fourth-worst record in the Eastern Conference, but Harrington told the Post's Michael Lee earlier this week he thinks Washington is "definitely going to make the playoffs."SI Wire: Brad Stevens mails letter to former Celtics players