I assume everyone read this article, but I am surprised no one else posted this so we can discuss.
AL has huge value, that does not surprise me.
I found Rick's comments most intersting about Bird showing some restraint, it appears to me that the Bulls would have traded their 3rd overall pick or certainly their 7th overall pick to the pacers for AL, but the Pacers did not want to take Eddie Robinson's cotnract
I know some of you will say the pacers are just trying to boost Al's trade value, by saying nice things about him, but I think AL's is extremely valuable as I always say he was the 3rd best player on a 61 win team.
many of you argue that he did not play well in the playoffs, sure he could have been better, but if AL is still a pacer come October I won't be disappointed
Harrington still a Pacer for now; he won't start
By Sekou Smith
June 25, 2004
Al Harrington watched the NBA draft Thursday night without worry, knowing that his status wouldn't change by this morning.
While his name was bandied about in trade rumors leading up to the draft, nothing happened.
"I knew (Wednesday night) that nothing was going to happen right now," Harrington said by phone from Florida, where he trains in the offseason. "I can't say what might happen in the future because I honestly don't know right now."
The Pacers' third-leading scorer and the runner-up for the NBA's Sixth Man Award, Harrington's desire to start has been a topic of public discussion since December.
During his exit interview with the Pacers three weeks ago, Harrington requested a trade to a team that could offer a more substantial role.
Many teams reportedly were interested in Harrington, who averaged 13.3 points and 6.4 rebounds last season. The 24-year-old's potential for improvement is one reason for the strong interest.
Cleveland selected Luke Jackson with the 10th pick. The scenario most often associated with Harrington before the draft was that he would be traded to Cleveland for a chance to move up and draft Jackson.
By the time the Pacers selected Colorado center David Harrison with the last pick of the first round (No. 29), it became clear that the Pacers would not make any deals on draft night.
Pacers president Larry Bird made it clear Thursday night that if Harrington returns for a seventh season, it will be as a reserve.
"(Al's) position is Ronnie Artest's and Jermaine O'Neal's," Bird said, "so if he (Harrington) is here, he'll be coming off the bench."
But Bird and Pacers coach Rick Carlisle expressed trepidation about parting with a player of Harrington's caliber.
"When you talk about trading a high-level, veteran player, a guy like an Al Harrington, you're talking about now trading away one of your hottest assets," Carlisle said. "I thought Larry demonstrated a lot of restraint the last couple of days because we were involved in a lot of things.
"One thing we did find out in the last two or three days is this guy (Harrington) has huge value."
Bird said he could point to 20 games the Pacers won last season in large part because of Harrington.
"When you talk about trading Al, you're talking about trading one of your hardest workers, a tough kid and a kid who plays hurt," Bird said. "And if Johnny Bender and Austin (Croshere) weren't sitting there, Al's name would never come up. It's hard to let a player go who works as hard as Al Harrington does every day.
"We've got some tough decisions to make if we do decide to let Al move on."