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Harrington shrugs off trade talk

Al Harrington was in the Bahamas over the all-star break and didn't hear about any of the Knicks/Tracy McGrady talk until he returned on Sunday.

"When I got home all my texts came through and everybody's asking me did I get traded here and there," Harrington said. "And I didn't hear anything about it. Obviously I'm still here and I want to be here. So if anything happens, it is what it is."

If Harrington is included in the deal -- and there is no guarantee that he would be if a deal happens -- it would be the second consecutive season he was traded. The Knicks acquired him on Nov. 21, 2008 from Golden State in the Jamal Crawford salary dump.

Harrington has often said his hope was to re-sign with the Knicks this summer, but it appears highly unlikely that Mike D'Antoni would want to have Harrington's lumbering, one-on-one halfcourt game back in his system. Harrington's name has been mentioned in trade rumors since December and remains the primary name in any situation, such as with the Chicago Bulls in a deal for Tyrus Thomas that continues to breathe life before the trade deadline.

"I shrug it off," Harrington said. "I always look at it as, when people want you, that's a good thing. You know what I'm saying? So I'll have a job for a long time."

(Thanks to Kimberley Martin for the quoteage from yesterday's practice).

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* - As we reported in today's Newsday, it sounds like the Boston Celtics are still very interested in Nate Robinson. I've been told Robinson wouldn't veto a move to the Celtics, which would ensure him a $1 million bonus in his contract for making the playoffs. In December, Robinson nixed a potential deal that would have sent him to the Memphis Grizzlies.

* - For fans curious about what Tracy McGrady has looked like since microfracture surgery, here's a peek at one of his recent NBA game, Dec. 22, 2009 vs. Clippers. He shows confidence in his shot and willingness to drive and dish. But the explosion clearly isn't there, which is to be expected.

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