Al Harrington Returning to Indiana Pacers…Probably
The non-news of the day is that current Hawk Al Harrington looks set to return to the Indiana Pacers. You’ll have to forgive me if I don’t have much to say, but I used up all my good opinions six months ago when I first heard about this. What’s more, it sounds as if a thousand lawyers, agents and other assorted suits are standing between the rumour and the final signing, meaning that we could be some days from completion.
“Obviously we’re disappointed at the pace of the transaction," Harrington’s New York-based agent Andy Miller said Thursday, "but I will say that everybody is working diligently to find a solution to execute.”
Donnie Walsh, meanwhile, is putting this one on Billy Knight.
Pacers president Donnie Walsh told the Indianapolis Star on Thursday that they are waiting on Knight.
"It’s up to Billy now," he said.
"We’re just waiting to here where we are. I have hope it can get straightened out, sooner rather than later. That’s important to us. But I don’t think we’ve reached a point where we say ‘We have to get it done or we can’t use the [trade] exception.’
"We’ll just keep working on it and see if we can get it done."
The expected trade is Harrington for John Edwards, a first-round pick and three million in cash, which, to my mind, is a steal for the Pacers. Indiana aren’t likely to find someone of Al’s calibre for the same price this year, so it’ll be worth the crap they’re having to put up with to acquire him.
You know who else I think would fit well with the Pacers? Ron Artest. What? Why not?