What To Do With Al Harrington?


(Part 7 of 14)

Last summer the Denver Nuggets struggled to make a splash in the free agency period and they were forced to go for the leftovers in Al Harrington.

Harrington was a little underrated pickup, since he was coming off of a season in which he averaged 17.7 points. Being a veteran and an ability to shoot the ball it was a no-brainer, but not at the price the Nuggets paid ($33 million for 5 years).

Al Harrington provided the Nuggets with a bench spark off the bench and a 4 who can stretch the floor and keep opposing teams from doubling on Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups. Harrington started the season strong, providing Denver was clutch scoring off the bench. But his performance dropped off as the season went along as he kept relying on the 3-point shot too much.

While the Nuggets can always keep Harrington, but with the new youth movement and Big Al’s salary no doubt they would like to deal him for financial flexibility. Of course finding a team to take Harrington’s salary is the big question. It’s difficult, but not impossible.

  • Atlanta – The Hawks may be a long shot, but it’s hard to forget how successful Harrington was with the Hawks earlier in his career (18.1 points a game). Would the Hawks be willing to bring back Harrington for bench help and are they finally willing to give up on Marvin Williams?
  • Cleveland – If the Cavaliers have any interest in Raymond Felton would they be willing to take on Harrington’s contract for Antawn Jamison’s expiring contract?
  • Detroit – See Cavaliers and replace Jamison with Rip Hamilton or could the two teams swap Harrington for Jason Maxiell. Maxiell used to look like another Ben Wallace, but his game has dropped off the last few years, maybe a change of scenery will help him out?
  • Milwaukee – Would the two squads be willing to swap their overpaid power forwards? The Nuggets get Drew Gooden, who would give the Nuggets a bigger body, better low-post scorer and rebounder off the bench and the Bucks would get a spread the floor 4 to put next to Andrew Bogut.
  • Orlando – Would the Nuggets be willing to take a chance on Hedo Turkoglu having anything left? No doubt it would cost Felton or Kosta Koufos to add in the trade.
  • Phoenix – Nuggets fans can dream that the Suns would be crazy enough to trade Channing Frye for Harrington, but definitely not likely. Denver would probably have to settle for Josh Childress instead.
  • Sacramento – The Kings are losing their patience for Francisco Garcia and his inconsistency. Harrington would be an upgrade for Garcia, but would the Kings want that salary in return maybe if Felton was attached.

* Heading out of town until Wednesday so I won’t be able to update the package until than.

Tags: Al Harrington Antawn Jamison Atlanta Hawks Channing Frye Chauncey Billups Cleveland Cavaliers Denver Nuggets Detroit Pistons Drew Gooden Francisco Garcia George Karl Hedo Turkoglu Jason Maxiell Josh Childress Marvin Williams New York Knicks Orlando Magic Raymond Felton Richard Hamilton Rip Hamilton