Tim Hardaway Jr. back with Knicks after Hawks pass on matching offer

Tim Hardaway Jr. Signing Is Not the Massacre It's Being Portrayed As For The Knicks Knicks USATSI_7465006-640x473
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09 July, 2017

The Atlanta Hawks will not match the New York Knicks' massive four-year, $71 million contract offer to Tim Hardaway Jr.

Warsaw native Marshall Plumlee is on the move after being waived by the New York Knicks on Friday. With Hardaway Jr. now officially back in the orange and blue, Knicks fans are left to ponder what the signing entails. But with the Knicks offering about $25 million more than what was projected, the Hawks simply were not comfortable committing that much to a fringe starter.

Atlanta will not match New York's $71M offer sheet to Tim Hardaway Jr., but official notification still hours away, sources tell ESPN.

Hardaway, 6-5, 205-pounds, returns to the Knicks after two seasons with the Atlanta Hawks. The following year, Hardaway upped his scoring average by posting 11.5 points per game, but he shot just 38.9 percent from the field and 34.2 percent from downtown.

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Knicks GM Steve Mills staking his reputation on Tim Hardaway Jr. They also withdrew a qualifying offer to Baker, who was a restricted free agent.

With their current cap situation, the Knicks can sign Baker with a veteran's minimum exception or with part or all of the $4.3 million room exception. The club is looking for a veteran point guard to mentor rookie Frank Ntilikina but has limited resources to find one.

The move could mean the Knicks will strengthen their efforts to trade veteran star Carmelo Anthony. Rose and Rajon Rondo are among the free agent point guards remaining on the market.


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