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Tobias Harris returns home to New York tonight when the Orlando Magic meet the Knicks in a battle of 2-6 teams.

But the Long Island product could end up staying in his hometown for much longer if he ends up signing with the Knicks as a restricted free agent next summer.

"I'm telling you if the Knicks come at him hard, who wouldn't want to play for their hometown team?" a Harris confidant told and The Knicks Blog.

The source pointed out that the 6-foot-9 Harris plays well alongside Knicks star Carmelo Anthony. The pair worked out together multiple times this summer at Terminal 23, Anthony's midtown gym.

"They play well together," the confidant said. "Carmelo always had him on his team when Kevin Durant came to town and they would win every game."

The 2010 New York Mr. Basketball and a McDonald's All-American, Harris starred at Half Hollow Hills West and Long Island Lutheran before spending one year at Tennessee before becoming the 19th pick in the 2011 NBA Draft.

Harris is currently averaging 16.7 points and 8.1 rebounds and went for 23 points, 13 boards and 5 assists when Orlando fell at Toronto, 104-100, Tuesday night.

Ironically, Harris is now teammates with his first cousin, Channing Frye, a White Plains native who was the Knicks' first-round pick in 2005.

The Knicks will have cap space next summer after the contracts of Amar'e Stoudemire and Andrea Bargnani expire, and Harris is the type of skilled young talent who could fit in well into the triangle.

"Next year they're going to have a whole different team," the confidant said.

As a restricted free agent, the Magic will be able to match any offer sheet Harris signs with another team.

But as previously reported on ZAGSBLOG, Harris gets an upgrade in his Nike contract if he plays in either New York, Chicago or Los Angeles.

Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider for and You can follow him on Twitter and read his blog.

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