The Washington Wizards were one of the most active teams this summer as they quickly filled out 14 of their 15 roster spots. After adding Paul Pierce, Kris Humphries and DeJuan Blair through a series of moves, the Wizards revamped their team for this upcoming NBA season and will undoubtedly look to make another playoff push after their successful season this past year.
With that said, they still have one roster spot open, and although they typically leave that spot open for flexibility, they could still potentially fill it with a veteran player. Al Harrington, who served as the team’s assistant coach during NBA Summer League, has decided to want to continue playing basketball before pursuing other basketball ventures and it looks like he could return to Washington next season.
According to J.Michael of CSN Washington, Al Harrington will likely fill the Wizards’ final roster spot.
As stated here previously, the Wizards aren’t in any rush to fill their 15th and final roster spot because training camp still is almost two full months away. But it appears, based on what CSNwashington.com has learned since Las Vegas summer league, that it will be for Al Harrington’s taking.
J.Michael also added that the team could leave the roster spot open for Al Harrington to join them later in the season, as some veteran NBA players tend to do. Washington is expected to make another playoff push next season, and adding a locker room leader late in the season is something that could be useful.
At first, I was a bit surprised that the Wizards were likely to bring back Al Harrington, especially since he couldn’t stay healthy throughout the course of the season. Al Harrington dealt with a number of injuries and didn’t really contribute much for Washington on the court. But, the more I thought about it, I think the Wizards could use another season of Al Harrington on their roster.
At this point in his career, Al Harrington won’t be expected to help out on the court, especially now that the Wizards are very deep in the front court positions. Marcin Gortat and Nene will be the team’s starting front court, while Kris Humphries and DeJuan Blair will likely be the first bigs off the bench. Al Harrington would essentially be back next season for the sake of continuity and his veteran leadership, which isn’t a bad return for a minimum deal.
So, would you like the Wizards to re-sign Al Harrington for another season? Let me know in the comments section.