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News » New York Knicks Getting Inside 2009-12-06

New York Knicks Getting Inside 2009-12-06

New York Knicks Getting Inside 2009-12-06Al Harrington maintains a stubborn belief that his future, and he means beyond 2010, will be with the Knicks. The New Jersey native, who grew up a Knicks fan, shrugged off a recent trade rumor that involved the 29-year-old forward going to the Chicago Bulls in a deal that would send former lottery pick Tyrus Thomas to the Knicks.

The talks are really just preliminary -- the Knicks have had their eye on the athletic Thomas since the offseason -- but there is little doubt that as the team begins to focus more on developing its young players, veterans such as Harrington will see a significant cut in minutes.

Harrington leads the Knicks with 19.9 points per game, but his lumbering, halfcourt-based power game doesn't suit the up-tempo style that Mike D'Antoni would like to, eventually, get back to playing in New York. As a player with an expiring contract, Harrington may have value for contending teams looking for low-post scoring.

The Knicks would rather remove Harrington than cut his minutes in favor of playing rookie Jordan Hill. It wouldn't be fair to a hardworking veteran in the final year of his contract.

But if the Knicks are shopping Harrington, he believes he'll know before anyone else, mainly because of a strong relationship he has with Knicks president Donnie Walsh, who had Harrington in Indiana with the Pacers.

"Until he tells me, I don't think anything is serious," he said. "He wouldn't trade me before he gave me a heads-up.

"I love being a Knick," Harrington also said. "I want to be part of this when it's turned around. Not trying to go somewhere else."

KNICKS 114, HAWKS 107: Wilson Chandler had 13 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter, including a three-pointer early in the quarter that sparked a 23-10 run to give the Knicks their second win in three games. Al Harrington scored 27 points and Chris Duhon had 25 points and 10 assists for the Knicks (5-15), who shot 57.7 percent from the field. Joe Johnson had 29 points for the Hawks (13-6), who opened the game with an 11-0 run but lost Josh Smith early in the second quarter when he picked up consecutive technical fouls for arguing with referee Bob Delaney.

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