The Washington Wizards have one final roster spot open and there was some speculation about whether or not it would eventually be used to sign free agent Al Harrington, but it looks like the team and Harrington will be heading into a different direction.
Al Harrington has dealt with injuries for the past two seasons and hasn’t really been able to contribute much on the floor. With that said, he’s been very valuable in the locker room and even got the opportunity to become an assistant coach for the Washington Wizards’ summer league team in Las Vegas.
Prior to the start of his short coaching stint, Al Harrington made sure to let everyone know that he still intends to play basketball this upcoming season, even though he’d like to someday pursue other ventures such as coaching. The Wizards had acquired Kris Humphries, DeJuan Blair and re-signed both Drew Gooden and Kevin Seraphin, so it didn’t make sense for them to sign another front court player.
According to Jared Zwerling, Al Harrington will not be suiting up for the Washington Wizards this upcoming season, as he’s agreed to play basketball in China. Zwerling also added that Al Harrington is still interested in becoming an assistant coach for the Washington Wizards.
Source: Al Harrington has signed to play in China next season. Announcement to come Monday. Beyond China, still envisions coaching w/ Wiz.
— Jared Zwerling (@JaredZwerling) August 10, 2014
Al Harrington has fought through numerous procedures to come back before the NBA Playoffs began this past season, as it was well documented in this great piece by Zwerling, and it was no surprise that the Wizards decided to move on. Prior to joining the Wizards, Al Harrington was waived from the Orlando Magic after suffering an injury and sitting out essentially the entire season.
At 34-years old, Al Harrington’s NBA career may be over, but we’ll certainly see him back in somewhere contributing to a team, even if he’s not on the court. The Wizards hired former player and assistant coach, Roy Rogers, to replace Sam Cassell and they could potentially add Al Harrington to their staff later.
Washington still has one roster spot open and could use it to sign a wing player, but they typically leave the final spot open for flexibility.
Let’s wish Cheddah the best of luck in China.