Wednesday, August 9, 2006
Tellem says Harrington ready for new offers
INDIANAPOLIS -- Al Harrington's new agent said he is willing to listen to offers from all teams, making what looked like a done deal for the Indiana Pacers to acquire the free agent now seem uncertain.
The Atlanta forward, who had played six years for the Pacers, dumped agent Andy Miller and chose Arn Tellem of Wasserman Media Group. Tellem, a heavy hitter who also represents Houston's Tracy McGrady and Memphis' Pau Gasol, will officially become Harrington's agent Monday.
"We will explore the entire range of options available to Al," Tellem said. "We consider every team in the mix until there is a deal."
Harrington is considered the top remaining free agent on the market. He averaged 18.6 points and 6.9 rebounds a game for the Hawks last season.
The Pacers have made numerous offseason moves and have said they would like Harrington to play a key role in their change to a sleeker, faster-paced style.
But Golden State and Denver have reportedly expressed renewed interest in recent weeks.
Tellem is looking forward to representing the versatile 26-year-old.
"Al is going to be an extremely valuable addition wherever he lands," Tellem said. "He has already cemented himself as one of the NBA's up-and-coming young stars."
Tellem said Harrington is much like Utah's Andrei Kirilenko -- someone who can play multiple positions and is effective on both ends of the court.
Harrington played two seasons with the Hawks after six years with the Pacers and has family members who never left Indianapolis.
The Pacers have worked with Tellem before, as he's the agent who worked out Jermaine O'Neal's seven-year, $126 million deal in 2003. He also was Reggie Miller's agent.
Speed is not Tellem's concern, though he'd like to give his client enough time to get comfortable in his new surroundings.
"The quality of the deal is the most important element," he said. "We will review and exhaust all meaningful options until a fair deal is reached. A lot hinges on Atlanta, but the period ranges from very soon to a couple of weeks or more."