Harrington returns to Pacers ready to win
Harrington was reintroduced by the Pacers on Thursday, two days after a sign-and-trade deal brought him back to the team that originally drafted him in 1998.
"I'm happy to be back and finally get back to winning again," said Harrington, one of the NBA's top remaining free agents. "What was it -- 39 wins in two years and no fun?"
The 26-year-old Harrington is expected to start for the Pacers at power forward next season.
"His love for the game and his dedication to being on time, being early and staying late is one thing you can't question about Al," Indiana president Larry Bird said. "We didn't want to get rid of Al in the first place. He was the one that wanted to be traded, and I understand that. We're very happy to have him back."
He is the latest addition to a team that has had a major facelift this offseason. Bird said the team was still looking for a perimeter shooter and another big man to fit their new offense. Harrington is one piece of the puzzle.
The four-year deal ended weeks of speculation about where Harrington would eventually end up. Harrington considered Golden State, but the deal involving Corey Maggette fell through. That gave him the opportunity to return to Indiana, where his family lives.
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