Harrington's hometown Nets would interest him

Al Harrington is so New Jersey that he has the state's initials tattooed in more than one spot on his body, including the square of his back.

The pride of St. Patrick's of Elizabeth, Harrington will be a free agent after this season. The Knicks forward has played for four organizations in his 12 NBA seasons, but never the one that will play in Newark the next two years before moving to a new arena in Brooklyn.

"I've never really thought about it," Harrington said before the Knicks' 113-93 loss to the Nets last night. "But I'll definitely take a good, long, hard look at it. Definitely."

The Nets (7-55) will have tons of cap space heading into the offseason. But will any of the superstar free agents want to join a team coming off what could be an NBA-record worst season? (If the Nets don't reach 10 wins, it will be.)

"I don't think they'll be a lot of guys' first option," Harrington said. "But it's definitely going to be an option you may have to look at, especially if they want you. I think they should be able to get some guys. Maybe not the top-tier free agents, but at least get some guys that could start you on rebuilding and start you back in the right direction."

The Nets announced their two-year stopover in Newark on Friday. They hope to break ground on the long-stalled Barclays Arena in Brooklyn on Thursday. Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov is awaiting league approval before he becomes majority owner of the team.

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Wilson Chandler returned to the starting lineup, displacing Bill Walker . . . Mike D'Antoni said he is committed to looking at Eddy Curry (likely beginning Wednesday in San Antonio) and J.R. Giddens (about two weeks away from returning from left knee surgery) in the nearly six weeks left in the season.

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