NBA news roundup: LeBron James considering bid for union presidency, Al Harrington leaning toward Wizards

Frederick M. Brown

LeBron James believes he may be able to make a difference if he becomes president of the NBPA. In free agency news, Al Harrington is leaning toward the Wizards and Jason Collins likely won't be headed to Detroit.

LeBron James already rules the NBA on the court, and now he's strongly considering playing a big part in how it's run off the court. The two-time reigning MVP and NBA champion says he's mulling a run at the presidency of the National Basketball Players Association.

James doesn't like the direction the NBPA is headed following the ugliness surrounding the ouster of former executive director Billy Hunter earlier in the year. With Derek Fisher's role as president coming to a close, James believes he may be able to make a difference and get the union back on track.

If James does wind up in the role, he would be the most high-profile NBPA president since Patrick Ewing. And if the league's best player doesn't become the president, he's hoping somebody "comfortable" with the position fills the spot.

Harrington likely headed to Washington

Free agent forward Al Harrington will likely be signing with the Washington Wizards in the very near future. Harrington was waived by the Magic in early August after just one season in Orlando.

Harrington dealt with knee problems all of last season due to complications from surgery in April 2012. The 33-year-old played in just 10 games, but he has spent all summer getting in shape and says he's almost completely back to full health.

If Harrington can stay healthy, he'll provide the Wizards with some nice scoring punch off the bench. He averaged 14.2 points in 27.5 minutes per game for the Denver Nuggets in 2011-12.

Mike Prada at SB Nation's Wizards blog Bullets Forever likes the move:

Assuming Harrington returns to health after a staph infection for a routine offseason knee surgery limited him to 10 games last season, he would be a major addition to the Wizards' frontcourt, providing them the pick and pop power forward they've desperately needed. Harrington certainly fires up a lot of three-pointers, but he's a career 35 percent three-point shooter, so the balance usually pays off in the long run.

The pending addition of Harrington should give the Wizards an even better chance of returning to the playoffs for the first time since 2008.

Irving not concerned about future

Washington Wizards point guard John Wall recently agreed on a five-year maximum contract extension, so naturally, some focus turns to one of the next young studs at that position who will soon be eligible for a similar deal: Kyrie Irving.

Irving can pursue that max contract extension next summer, but right now, the Cleveland Cavaliers star is only focused on the upcoming season. The Cavs could be in position to make a run at the playoffs with the key additions of Anthony Bennett and Andrew Bynum and the return of Anderson Varejao.

Irving's health is also key, considering the 21-year-old has missed quite a bit of time in his first two seasons due to injuries. However, when Irving has been on the court, he has consistently shown why the Cavs took him No. 1 overall in the 2011 NBA Draft. Last season, the youngster averaged 22.5 points and 5.9 assists in 59 games.

Pistons unlikely to sign Collins

The Detroit Pistons and free-agent center Jason Collins have engaged in some preliminary discussions, but it's unlikely that the two parties come to an agreement on a contract.

The Pistons are in the market for another big man to back up Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond, but they're looking for a younger option than Collins. The 34-year-old has played sparingly in recent years and averaged just 1.1 points and 1.6 rebounds in 38 games last season between the Wizards and Boston Celtics.

SB Nation's Pistons blog Detroit Bad Boys says this news will cause some mixed reactions among fans:

This will probably excite and bum out an equal number of Pistons fans. Many were not enthusiastic about signing Collins, not necessarily because he is openly gay, but because his production doesn't warrant a roster spot. Others thought there would be worse ways to use the 15th roster spot and said they would be honored if the Pistons were the team to field the first openly gay player in one of the four major professional sports.

Collins made headlines when he announced that he was gay following the conclusion of the regular season in April.

Bibby wants to play one more year

Mike Bibby may have not played at all during the 2012-13 season, but he wants back in the league for just one more year. Once he officially retires, Bibby would like to get into coaching.

Bibby last played with the New York Knicks in 2011-12, when he appeared in 39 games, posting averages of 2.6 points and 2.1 assists in 14.3 minutes per game. The 35-year-old shot just 28.2 percent overall, which is one of the main reasons why he didn't have a job last season.

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