Al Harrington announces he will play in China next season

Al Harrington will play in China next season. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

Al Harrington spent some of his summer as a de facto assistant coach for the Wizards’ summer league outfit in Las Vegas, but will not be returning to the team in any capacity at least to start the upcoming season. The veteran forward announced on Instagram Sunday that he will play in China for the Fujian SBS Xunxing Sturgeons. Harrington signed a one-year deal, according to Bleacher Report.

“Looking forward to the Challenge at hand,” part of Harrington’s Instagram caption read. “To help my team reach the Playoffs and WIN once we get there. Secondly I wanna say THANK YOU to the Washington Wizards Organization…”

Harrington, 34, dealt with a variety of injuries in his only year with the Wizards last season, playing in just 34 games. But he provided a veteran presence in the locker room and a proven stretch-four whenever he was on the court.

Though the Chinese Basketball Association does not grant opt-out clauses to players, Harrington still could join an NBA team before the end of the season because the Chinese league’s season concludes in March.




Jorge Castillo writes about the Washington Wizards.



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Jorge Castillo · August 7, 2014