Al Harrington Could Miss The Rest Of The Season
Harrington, who has played in just 10 games because of several complications with his knee, including a staph infection, could be shut down for the rest of the season, according to Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel.
“It’s really nothing to do with his knees,” Vaughn said.
“It’s a coach’s decision. I’ve talked to Al just about the remaining games that we have. He’s helped us in the wins at Philly and New Orleans. He’s proven that he can still play this game at a high level, and I’m going to give the opportunity to play to some of our young guys and give them some experience. I think he has experience at this game a little bit already.”
Harrington indicated after Wednesday’s game that he accepts Vaughn’s decision and that he hopes to use the rest of the regular season to continue to make progress on his knee, which developed a staph infection after arthroscopic surgery last May.
Harrington is averaging 5.1 points and 2.7 rebounds in 11.9 minutes per game this season. The 14-year veteran is shooting just 35.1% from the field.
Harrington is set earn $7.1 million next season and $7.6 in the following season, but only half of the money in each season is guaranteed.
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