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Orlando Magic rumor: Al Harrington buyout could be coming soon, according to report

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The veteran big man reportedly told one fan in Las Vegas that he will be a free agent soon.

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The end Al Harrington's days with the Orlando Magic may be near.

According to HOOPSWORLD scribe Alex Kennedy, who's in Las Vegas to cover the NBA Summer League, the veteran big man could be a free agent soon. A fan at Summer League asked Harrington for which team he plays, to which question Harrington responded, "I'm about to be a free agent."

Harrington arrived in Orlando in August as part of the four-team trade which sent Dwight Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers. He spent much of the season rehabilitating from a staph infection in his right knee, returning in February and playing in 10 games before the Magic shut him down in order to give more minutes to their younger players.

The New Jersey native averaged 5.1 points, 2.7 rebounds, and one assist per game in his abbreviated season with Orlando.

Harrington is owed $14.8 million over the next two seasons, according to ShamSports.com, but only half of that money is guaranteed. The Magic can realize some salary-cap savings by waiving Harrington outright or buying him out of his contract; only the buyout amount would remain on Orlando's cap sheet.

Thursday, a Magic fan asked Harrington via Twitter when the Magic would reach a decision regarding Harrington's future. Harrington responded, "I hope VERY SOON!!!!"

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