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Harrington returns to Pacers ready to win

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indiana Pacers thought Al Harrington filled a void in their new up-tempo offense. Harrington just wanted to play for a winner -- and going home seemed like the perfect move.

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?"

Harrington averaged 18.6 points and 6.9 rebounds last season for
the dismal Atlanta Hawks, and the Pacers gave up the future
first-round pick to acquire him and center John Edwards.

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."

Indiana had already dealt forward Austin Croshere and guard Anthony Johnson -- both backups -- and let swingman Peja Stojakovic
go in a sign-and-trade deal.

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.