Wednesday, October 29th, 2008 at 11:30 am  |  27 responses

Al Harrington May (or May Not) Have Requested a Trade. OK, He Did!

by Marcel Mutoni

An interesting little scenario unfolded in the Bay Area yesterday, and it involved Al Harrington and his desire to play (or not) for Don Nelson and the Warriors.

The always excellent Tim Kawakami had an item yesterday, in which he cited sources claiming that Al no longer wanted to be part of the Nellie-Ball movement, and had requested a trade:

In fact, one league source with knowledge of the situation said that Harrington’s agent, Dan Fegan, is “actively working to get (Harrington) out of there” and that a few teams already have proposed tentative deals.

As you might expect, the reaction from the Warriors (and Harrington) was swift. When reached by another Warriors writer, Geoff Lepper, both parties emphatically denied the trade demand:

“I haven’t said that to anybody,” Harrington said. “I’m being honest with you.”

“Not that I know of,” Nelson said. “I had a meeting with him yesterday, and it didn’t come up.”

Kawakami stuck to his guns and did not back down after the denial, saying the issue is when (not if) Harrington made the trade request, and insisted that his source is “100% accurate”. Marcus Thompson II even went to bat for his colleague.

A late night update by Thompson confirmed the trade request, straight from Harrington himself (who, evidently, had a change of heart):

“Have I asked them to trade me? Yes I have. Plenty of times. All summer. Once a month. It never happened. I’m still here. Do I know what my future is? I don’t know. First game is tomorrow. We’re going to see what happens. But at the end of the day, if it’s like last year, then I can’t be here. And that’s for damn sure.”

Fun times in Warrior land, yes?

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  • Ken

    I’d request a trade too. He’s a better player than Nellie is letting him show.

  • nathan


  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    al harrington is a fine guy im sure but people just confuse him with al jefferson

  • http://www.freewebs.com/betcats BETCATS

    Al Harrington for Sean May, Adam Morrison, and Ryan Hollins, and a first round pick

  • ciolkstar

    I still don’t get it. Al is not so good that he should be mad about playing for the Dub’s. Does he reaqlly have a good post game? I never though so…
    Does he want more tick, to play PF instead of C? What’s his beef? He HAS to shoot 3s?

  • http://www.weaksiderejection.blogspot.com Sami A

    Yes he does. You ever watch him with Indiana?

  • http://where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com/ B. Long

    Can’t say I blame him.

  • Static

    He’s a good player who stills has potential, but he reminds me of LO, not playing his true position and not playing to the level he should be. Maybe Donnie likes playing mind games too, just not so good at it…if a player is bugging for a trade, why not use his stock to improve your team i.e. get a g*d damn point guard

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Detroit will give you Kwame straight up. Hopefully.

  • Diggy

    Nellie only has sucess with foriegn pf’s…

  • rollezed

    New York is waiting for u Al! We’ll give back some starbury wit spicy curry. and we wouldn’t mind if we get belinelli wit it

  • http://another48minutes.blogspot.com Gerard Himself

    I’m wondering if this guy can play small forward (NetsNetsNetsNetsNetsNets)

  • Big Sia

    come to brooklynnnnn

  • http://www.sprint.com/sero Dma

    Harrington would be D’antoni’s Boris Diaw in New York. Marbury to GS somehow?

  • http://www.sprint.com/sero Dma

    The only thing that would really work would be Harrington, Stephen Jackson and Brandon Wright for expiring Marbury and David Lee, since GS needs something back in return. No way Harrington goes to NY.

  • Brian

    I can see Al going to the Bulls, with Hinrich heading to GS. Their salaries are almost identical and GS needs a point guard bad.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Al, like LO, HAS to play the 4 to be effective. They can defend the post so you get away with them on D and they can go by big guys on the perimeter. That’s their game : drawing bigs on the perimeter. If you play them at the 3, they can’t take advantage of the smaller wings in the post and their quickness advantage gets nullified.

  • http://slamonline.com Josh D

    I’d do the same if i were him, Golden State aren’t what they were last year with B-Diddy,i predict they’ll come second to last in the west

  • $tev3

    no offense i cant blame him he needs more touches

  • mark

    um…al makes too damn much money. it’s not that the warriors don’t want to trade him…they can’t. he’d have been shipped out in a second if any decent offer came in.

  • alx

    there’s a reason why Al had a 6th man role back in Indy and there’s a reason why he rode the bench most of the time for the GS/Dallas series two seasons ago. He just can’t get it done when it REALLY matters, sure he can score, he’ll give you decent contribution on most nights…. but he’s not a game-changer. He’s def not the 3rd best player on the Warriors squad.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    I confuse him with al harrington all the time…its just that al harrington is the better one of the two…

  • CP34MVP

    Al Harrington.. If they gave him a chance. could develop into a dominant big man. I agree w/ Harrington. Get yo butt out the bay area n come 2 the Pistons!


    trade him to the Spurs

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  • rainman10

    I like the Hinrich idea.

  • daniel

    al seems to be the ultimate “no mans land” player. Too big for SF, too small for pf, C, not enough post game for pf, C, not enough perimeter game/defense for SF, too big/small for the other positions, and and EGO!