When the Orlando Magic acquired Al Harrington from the Denver Nuggets in the Dwight Howard trade, many were surprised. After all, Harrington isn’t young (32) and is owed a lot of money ($6,687,400, $7,148,600 and $7,609,800 over the next three seasons). Plus, Harrington is a veteran and still a productive player (he averaged 14.2 points and 6.1 rebounds per game last season) and the Magic aren’t exactly looking to “win now.”
However, the Magic don’t have to keep Harrington beyond this season – you can buy out the last two years of his contract for about half of their worth($3,574,300 in 2013-14, $3,804,900 in 2014-15).
That also makes Harrington an attractive trade chip, especially since he can potentially help a contender, although it may cost the Magic one of the picks they acquired in the Howard trade.
Hoops World’s Steve Kyler says that although Harrington was not a “throw in,” the Magic would like to move him. Kyler says “Harrington is a serviceable player and his deal isn’t crazy, so finding a taker for him might cost the Magic a draft pick, but given how many the Magic are sitting on going forward, offloading his contract money might be more important than a low level pick.”
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