MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Al Harrington’s recovery from offseason right-knee surgery and a subsequent staph infection in the same joint is nearing an end.
The power forward told the Orlando Sentinel that he has a checkup scheduled for Nov. 12 with his knee specialist, orthopedic surgeon J. Richard Steadman, in Vail, Colo.
Steadman could give him the OK to practice and play at that time.
Harrington averaged 14.2 points per game on 44.6 percent shooting and 6.1 rebounds per game last season for the Denver Nuggets.
In Orlando, Harrington projects to be Glen Davis' backup at the 4.
And while Harrington would improve the Magic's depth and team officials like his professionalism, the Magic likely will want to showcase him to potential trade partners as the season progresses.
At 32 years old, Harrington probably doesn't fit into the rebuilding Magic's long-term plans.
Although his $7.1 million salary for next season and his $7.6 million salary for 2014-15 are only 50 percent guaranteed, it would help the Magic's salary-cap flexibility if the team could send him elsewhere.
Harrington could entice a contending team that believes it needs another big man.
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