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Experience with Magic has Al Harrington wary of NBA's "business side," according to report

"It's not what you can do anymore," the veteran big man told USA Today. "It's what you can do at that price."

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Al Harrington
Al Harrington

While training at Impact Basketball in Las Vegas, Orlando Magic big man Al Harrington spoke to Sam Amick of USA Today regarding his NBA future. Harrington expressed disappointment in his tenure with Orlando, which acquired him on August 10th, 2012, as part of the Dwight Howard trade.

"Being in that situation in Orlando, you get a real good look at politics and stuff like that, the part of the game that's not attractive — just the business side of it," said Harrington. Later, he added, "It's not what you can do anymore. It's what you can do at that price. And everybody wants a deal, you know what I mean?"

Harrington spent most of the 2012/13 season recovering from a staph infection in his right knee. He finally returned in February, after the NBA trading deadline, but only appeared in 10 games for Orlando before the Magic elected to shut him down for the balance of the year. "He’s proven that he can still play this game at a high level," Magic coach Jacque Vaughn said at the time, "and I’m going to give the opportunity to play to some of our young guys and give them some experience."

Harrington is owed $14.7 million over the 2013/14 and 2014/15 seasons, but only half of his salary in each season is guaranteed. As a result, Amick says, "the Magic are exploring trade options for him while also considering waiving him," as they'd like to "lessen the blow of his contract."

Amick's full story on Harrington has more details on what the New Jersey native hopes to do after moving on from the Magic, as well as how he's spending his offseason.

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