Al Harrington injury: Magic forward vows to play before NBA trade deadline

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE

Orlando Magic forward Al Harrington vows that he will play before the NBA trade deadline. How is his recovery process going?

Orlando Magic forward Al Harrington has not played this season because of a series of surgical procedures on his right knee that he underwent during the summer months. Despite that surgery, Harrington has vowed that he will play before Feb. 21, which is the NBA trade deadline.

Despite that vow, Harrington knows that he could possibly be traded before he gets onto the court this season. Regardless, his recovery appears to be on schedule:

"I'm gonna play," Harrington said after Tuesday's practice in which he was limited to shooting and a light half-court jog.

"I know the only way they can move me is to show I'm healthy. I haven't been on the court yet ... but wherever I am, I'm going to give 100 percent."

Harrington was acquired from the Denver Nuggets in the deal that sent forward Dwight Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers. Last season for the Nuggets, despite starting only one game, Harrington averaged 14.2 points per game and 6.1 rebounds per game.

Over his 14-year career, he has averaged 13.8 points and 5.8 rebounds in his career. He currently is making $6.6 million this season and is expected to make $7.1 million and $7.6 million the next two seasons respectively but only half of those amounts are guarenteed.

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