NBA news roundup: Magic waive Al Harrington; Greg Oden decision still to come


The latest news from around the NBA, including a couple of NBA veterans being placed on waivers, Greg Oden's decision being finalized and a Pacers forward undergoing a knee procedure.

The Orlando Magic have parted ways with Al Harrington, placing him on waivers. Harrington had a two-year, $14.7 million contract that was only 50 percent guaranteed. He played in just 10 games during the 2012-13 season because of a staph infection in his knee.

Teams now have 24 hours to claim him before he becomes an unrestricted free agent.

Harrington was traded to the Magic from the Denver Nuggets as part of the blockbuster deal last summer that landed Dwight Howard with the Los Angeles Lakers, Andre Iguodala with the Nuggets and a host of assets including Arron Afflalo with the Magic.

The veteran forward has played with seven franchises since being drafted by the Indiana Pacers with pick No. 25 in the 1998 NBA Draft. Harrington turns 34 in February.

Greg Oden decision still to come

Greg Oden is expected to make a decision on where he will sign this season on Friday, but the former first-overall draft pick has yet to make an announcement.

Former Ohio State Buckeye teammate Mark Titus has confirmed that the decision is made, however.

Oden has received offers from the Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs, Dallas Mavericks, Atlanta Hawks, New Orleans Pelicans and Sacramento Kings. The Heat are considered favorites to land the big man.

Atlanta Hawks waive DeShawn Stevenson, expected to announce signing of DeMarre Carroll

The Atlanta Hawks have waived swingman DeShawn Stevenson and are expected to announce the signing of DeMarre Carroll as early as Saturday. Stevenson's three-year, $6 million deal with Atlanta he signed in 2012 was fully non-guaranteed, meaning the Hawks will not have to pay him despite placing him on waivers.

The move was expected as the Hawks finalized their roster through the summer. Atlanta had come to an agreement with Carroll on July 5 on a two-year, $5 million deal.

Carroll, a former first-round draft pick, has become a journeyman since joining the NBA in 2009. He has played for the Houston Rockets, Denver Nuggets and Utah Jazz.

Chris Copeland undergoes knee procedure

Indiana Pacers free agent signee Chris Copeland underwent successful arthroscopic knee surgery to remove a loose body in his left knee. The team placed a six-to-eight week timetable on Copeland's return, which means he should be available at the start of training camp.

Copeland signed a two-year, $6 million deal with the Pacers this summer. The 28-year-old second-year player made his NBA debut with the New York Knicks in 2012-2013 after playing overseas for five seasons. He had a "breakout" year with the Knicks, averaging 8.7 points per game while shooting 42 percent from beyond the arc.

New York Knicks seeking veteran's minimum big man

The New York Knicks are still searching the free agent marketplace for a veteran's minimum big man to round out their roster. Ivan Johnson has emerged as the Knicks' primary target after being waived by the Atlanta Hawks.

Johnson spent the last two seasons with Atlanta, averaging 6.5 points and 3.9 rebounds in 15.8 minutes per game.

Other names brought up include Cole Aldrich, Hamed Haddadi, Jerome Jordan, Gani Lawal, Shavlik Randolph and Henry Sims.

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