Would Al Harrington be a good fit in Memphis?
Al Harrington could be a nice pickup if the Grizzlies decide to add another vet to the roster. The nice thing about Harrington is that, wherever he goes, he will probably end up taking the vet minimum (akin to the Rashard Lewis to Dallas signing).
Harrington only played 34 games last season, and he wasn’t terribly efficient. That being said, he can still spread the floor and play at both forward positions. If he could give the Grizz anywhere from 10 to 15 minutes a game, then signing him would pay off.
Health has been a big issue throughout Harrington’s career, as he has only played in 82 games once in his 16 year career. Even so, Memphis could afford for him to miss a few games given the depth of this years roster. Harrington would bring further help in the scoring and spreading the floor departments, which are great assets to have. Harrington would also bring further veteran leadership, which would only enhance the team’s chemistry.
The Wizards don’t appear to be interested in re-signing Al Harrington at the moment, but there still is time to bring him back. Even so, he seems adamant about playing next year. According to CSN Washington:
The Wizards, however, still haven’t offered Harrington a contract which likely would be a one-year deal for the veteran minimum of $1.448 million. He played for the minimum last season and had his moments but his knee forced him to miss 47 games. Teams can sign as many players as they want under the vet minimum without regards to the salary cap.
Harrington has been fun to watch throughout his career, especially when he played for those electrifying Warriors teams.
Even though those years are behind him, Al Harrington could still bring some offense and leadership to the Grizzlies. Bringing him in on a vet minimum contract would be a solid signing.