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As the offseason continues, we’ll keep you updated every night.
What’s happening today?
Al Harrington waived by Magic
All Harrington announced via Instagram today that Orlando has decided to waive him:
“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!!!!!”
In 64 games in 2011-2012 with the Denver Nuggets, however, Harrington averaged 14.2 points and 6.1 rebounds in 27.5 minutes per game. At 6’9″ Harrington has the size to play as a stretch forward in most small ball lineups. With a career 35.2% three point percentage, he has always been a viable threat from deep.
Look for Harrington to immediately compete with Antawn Jamison on the open market. Both are veteran leaders with dynamic offensive skill sets. As we detailed yesterday, Jamison has received interest from the Bulls, Clippers, Grizzlies, and Bobcats.
Don’t be surprised if the Lakers get in on the action with Harrington as well. Mike D’Antoni coached the 15-year veteran for two years in New York and Harrington averaged 20.7 and 17.7 points per game in those two seasons, respectively. With Earl Clark leaving for Cleveland and Antawn Jamison on his way out as well, Los Angeles could use a veteran stretch forward.
Knicks tell Stoudemire to forgo Olajuwon camp this summer
According to Marc Berman of the New York Post, Amar’e Stoudemire has cancelled his scheduled weeks worth of sessions with Hakeem Olajuwon in Houston.
Stoudemire worked with the Hall of Famer last summer and showed a refined post game in what little time he saw with the Knicks last season. Still, New York believes that rest is the most important thing for Stoudemire’s ailing knees:
“The main thing with Amar’e is we need him to rest,’’ Woodson said at the Las Vegas summer league. “Last summer, he put in a lot of time. He had some bad luck because he worked his butt off last summer. This summer we’ll rest him and make our push to get him ready for vet camp.”
Stoudemire could face a 20-minute per game limit in the upcoming season as the team looks to avoid another setback in the former all star’s return to prominence.
GM Glen Grunwald said, “He really worked hard in last offseason, maybe too hard,’’ Grunwald said. “We need to pace him and have him ready for the season so when the real games and playoffs begin, he’s there for us. We’re hopefully a little smarter this year and understand where his body is at.’’
There is still a chance Carmelo Anthony works out with Olajuwon later this month.
Olajuwon enjoyed hosting Stoudemire last summer and was disappointed to see Stoudemire struggle to stay healthy:
“He put in so much work, was excited and so confident,” Olajuwon said. “To see he didn’t get a chance to really show it, I felt very bad for him.’’