Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/30/13
Al Harrington has had time to contemplate it all what with the staph infection that derailed his career and the one season with the Orlando Magic in which he barely got off the bench. And as he has been waiting to learn of his new destination with the Magic likely to either trade him or waive him sooner rather than later the 33-year-old who swears he isn't done yet has had his views crystallized on today's NBA. "Being in that situation in Orlando you get a real good look at politics and stuff like that the part of the game that's not attractive — just the business side of it" Harrington told USA TODAY Sports recently while training in Las Vegas. "One thing I realized is that it's not about how much you can play or what you can do on the court anymore. The game has become about (financial) numbers and salaries and stuff like that. "It's not what you can do anymore. It's what you can do at that price. And everybody wants a deal you know what I mean?" He knows this of course because he's living proof of this new reality. With the implementation of a new collective bargaining agreement after the lockout in December of 2011 teams were forced to become more cost-conscious because of the significant increases in the luxury tax that for most of the NBA have created an unofficial hard salary cap. The Magic are hardly the only team looking to build their roster with contracts that are deemed efficient — productive players who come at a more reasonable cost. Yet Harrington doesn't fit that bill at the moment. He's owed a combined $14.7 million for the next two seasons and would be the Magic's second-highest paid player in the 2014-15 campaign if he were still with them by then. Yet because only half of his salary for both those seasons is guaranteed the Magic are exploring trade options for him while also considering waiving him as a way to lessen the blow of his contract. Either way he doesn't expect to be there for long.
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