Agent: trade of Pacers' Harrington to Hawks a done deal

Originally Published: July 15, 2004
Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indiana Pacers sent forward Al Harrington to the Atlanta Hawks for Stephen Jackson on Thursday in a sign-and-trade deal.

Jackson said he was happy to be coming to a team that's a likely contender for an NBA title after spending a frustrating year in Atlanta, where the Hawks missed the playoffs for the fifth straight season.

"We all have a common goal here and that's winning," he said. "It's something I want to be a part of."

The deal, in which Jackson signed a six-year contract with Atlanta before being traded for Harrington, has been in the works for several days.

Jackson led the Hawks in scoring last season, averaging 18.1 points. He would give the Pacers the consistent outside scoring threat they have lacked since Reggie Miller was at the pinnacle of his career.

Harrington, meanwhile, gets his wish to go to a team where he can have a greater role on both ends of the floor.

He averaged 13.3 points in nearly 30 minutes a game last season, but told Pacers president Larry Bird at a season-ending meeting that he would rather be traded than come off the bench again next season. Bird made it clear on draft night that Harrington would not start for the Pacers ahead of Jermaine O'Neal and Ron Artest.

Bird, who has complimented Harrington on his attitude and work ethic since he's been with the Pacers, said it was difficult to part with one of the team's hardest workers.

"You have to give a lot to get a lot," Bird said.

Billy Knight, the Hawks general manager, clearly thought Atlanta, which went 28-54 last season, was getting a lot with Harrington.

"This is a deal that would have long-term implications for us," he said.

Harrington, who came to the Atlanta announcement in a T-shirt, reversed baseball cap and sweat pants, was happy to be there.

"A lot of guys wouldn't be as excited as I was to get to Atlanta. But they have all the things in the right place," he said.


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