Hawks won't match Knicks' ludicrous Tim Hardaway Jr. offer, per report

Knicks Sign Issue Sheet with Tim Hardaway Jr. for $71 Million

Guard Tim Hardaway Jr.is apparently headed back to NY after the Atlanta Hawks opted not to match the massive $71 million (62 million euros) the Knicks offered the restricted free agent.

NY dealt Hardaway to the Hawks in 2015 in a trade for current Chicago Bulls guard Jerian Grant.

As a rookie out of Duke last season, Plumlee played in 21 games for the Knicks. As ridiculous as this contract may seem, Hardaway Jr. was terrific after the break previous year, averaging 17.5 points, 3.5 boards, 2.6 assists, 0.8 steals and 2.1 treys on a tidy 59.3 true shooting percentage. Baker, though, has already agreed to a deal with NY.

The 25-year-old two-guard is coming off a season in which he averaged 14.5 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.3 assists across 27.3 minutes per game.

"I love it here", Hardaway Jr. told reporters at the end of the Hawks season.

With this move, the Atlanta Hawks have officially struck bottom and are starting over. They had traded him for Jerian Grant, then sent Grant to Chicago as part of the deal for Rose. They made me mature as a person on and off the court. "That's what I'm thankful for". Still, the defensive concerns are real and he still falls short of an efficient starting wing at the NBA level, making the Knicks' gamble a curious one - and a move the rebuilding Hawks simply would not match under new general manager and president of basketball operations Travis Schlenk. The Knicks had inquired about the availability of Boston's Marcus Smart with the Celtics in need of shedding contracts after agreeing to a deal with Gordon Hayward, but the Celtics already dealt away Avery Bradley Friday.

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