Nelson says Warriors are working to trade Harrington
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Al Harrington still wants to be traded, and Golden State coach Don Nelson is not opposed to the idea.
Harrington went public with a trade request on the eve of the season opener, and the Warriors have been fielding inquiries from numerous teams -- although Nelson said the offers that have been reported in the media, including Eddy Curry of the Knicks and Jamaal Tinsley of the Indiana Pacers, were not deals the Warriors are willing to do. Knicks assistant general manager Glen Grunwald made a rare appearance at the Meadowlands to scout Saturday night's game.
Harrington, who logged 29 minutes and had 14 points and three rebounds against the Nets, collected his thoughts for several seconds before responding to Nelson's latest quote.
"I'm just going to keep doing what I can do to be the best player I can be," he said. "If something happens, it happens. I'm prepared either way."
The bad feelings between Nelson and Harrington are a carryover from last season, when Harrington often found himself excluded from Nelson's regular rotation and averaged only 13.6 points and 5.4 rebounds, his lowest totals in four years. Harrington had two seasons remaining on his contract for $9.23 million and $10.03 million.
Harrington played 42 minutes in the opener against New Orleans, then logged 46 minutes and scored 26 points in an overtime loss to Toronto on Friday night. His minutes were cut Saturday as coach Don Nelson benched him for the entire fourth quarter and used a three-guard lineup of DeMarcus Nelson, C.J. Watson and Stephen Jackson to counter New Jersey's full-court pressure as the Nets cut a 19-point deficit to five.
"Some nights it may not be 40 minutes, but I'm not tripping on that part of it," Harrington said. "I just want to be a part of everything that's going on, and when I play that many minutes, I've got to be a part of it. So I'll just let it play out however it's going to play out."
Chris Sheridan covers the NBA for ESPN.com.
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