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Though the Magic like what Harrington can bring to the locker room, the 14-year veteran isn't in the team's future plans.
It's "likely" that veteran big man Al Harrington will start the 2012/13 season with the Orlando Magic, reports Steve Kyler of HOOPSWORLD, but the team will attempt to trade him by the February deadline. Orlando acquired Harrington from the Denver Nuggets in the four-team trade which sent Dwight Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers, and Kyler cites "sources near the Magic" as denying that Harrington was merely "a throw-in," pointing toward the 14-year veteran's positive locker-room presence as an asset.
Yet Harrington doesn't fit into the Magic's future plans, which leads Kyler to believe that Orlando will attempt to trade him away during the season. Though the HOOPSWORLD scribe believes Orlando may have to package a future Draft pick with Harrington as further incentive for another team to take him on, doing so wouldn't cripple Orlando: "offloading his contract money might be more important than a low level pick."
In 64 appearances for the Nuggets in 2011/12, Harrington averaged 14.2 points and 6.1 rebounds in just 27.2 minutes. He finished fourth in Sixth Man of the Year balloting. According to ShamSports' salary database, Harrington has three seasons worth more than $21.4 million remaining on his contract, but only $14.1 million of that figure is guaranteed.