The Magic have requested waivers on Al Harrington, ending Harrington's one-year stint with the Magic that was cut short by his struggles to return from a torn meniscus and complications that arose after his offseason surgery last year.
Harrington announced the decision on his Instagram and Twitter accounts thanking Magic fans for their support:
It's Official… Orlando has waived me! I just want thanks all the Orlando Fans that embraced me in my short stay there. It was my pleasure playing in front of you guys. Also wanna thank Coaching staff and medical department for helping me get back on court to do what I love the most. And that's to Hoop with the Best! Now that I'm almost 110% back healthy I'm so excited for my immediate future. Let the phone start ringing. I'm ready!!!!! ✌
Harrington played only 10 games in a Magic uniform as injuries kept him on the sideline and he never quite got himself back. Harrington averaged 5.1 points per game and shot 35.1 percent from the floor in those 10 games. He did have two memorable games as he scored nine points in his season debut in February against Philadelphia and then scored 10 points in a three-point win over New Orleans in March.
The veteran forward could still play but was clearly slowed by the constant trehabbing. And he simply did not fit the team's plans for the future. Buried on the depth chart and clearly not part of the Magic's future, the Magic opted to let him sit on the bench despite his apparent health to play young players like Kyle O'Quinn, Andrew Nicholson and Tobias Harris more.
Harrington just did not fit into the team's plans.
It became clearer and clearer as the summer continued that the Magic were not going to bring him back. No team seemed willing to take Harrington's two-year contract and give the Magic something they wanted. And so the team opted to waive him.
The final two years of Harrington's contract are only guaranteed for half of its $14.6 million. So the Magic save a considerable amount of money in letting Harrington walk.
Harrington has been training in Las Vegas this summer and admitted to frustration that the deal was not done sooner. He is antsy to play and prove, at 33 years old, he can still contribute meaningfully to a team.
Harrington finally got his wish and hopefully now can focus on basketball.