Hawks won't match Knicks' $71M offer to Tim Hardaway Jr

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The Atlanta Hawks informed the Knicks Saturday that they would not match the four-year, $71 million offer sheet the Knicks tendered Hardaway and now the reunion is complete.

Hardaway, who played his collegiate basketball at the University of MI, was originally selected by NY in the first round (24th pick overall) of the 2013 NBA Draft.

While the Knicks succeeded in claiming a restricted free agent, the Nets may not be so fortunate. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the Hawks will not be matching the Knicks' hefty offer, which comes as no surprise.

It's no surprise that the Hawks, who are now in full rebuild mode after not even offering Paul Millsap a contract, decided not to match what may be the worst contract of the entire summer.

He was drafted in 2013 with the No. 24 pick overall by NY, but was transacted in 2015 to Atlanta for the rights to Jerian Grant, but the Knicks then packaged Robin Lopez and Grant in a trade throughout 2016 to Chicago for the Bulls' Derrick Rose, only to renounce the rights to Rose on early Thur so salary cap space could be made for Hardaway. The Knicks acquired Jerian Grant in that deal, who they flipped to the Bulls a year later in the Derrick Rose trade.

Hardaway Jr. was drafted by the Knicks in the first round of the 2013 draft.

While Hardaway Jr. did evolve into a solid wing player past year in Atlanta, he's hardly a star. NY proceeded to trade Hardaway to Atlanta on draft night in 2015. Baker, though, has already agreed to a deal with NY.

Both of those trades were orchestrated by Phil Jackson, who was sacked by the Knicks.

The Knicks have made many baffling personnel moves in the past decade-plus.



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