With the “Zen Master” being viewed in the rear view mirror, the Knicks are ready to become the promise land for free agents league-wide.
In surprising fashion, the Knicks are willing to throw big money for a player who suited up in the iconic blue/orange uniform years ago. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Ian Begley, New York is offering Tim Hardaway Jr. a 4-year, $71 million dollar deal. As true #KnicksTape fans know, the 25-year-old product from the University of Michigan spent the first two years of his career in New York. If the Knicks are able to land him, he definitely wouldn’t be no stranger to the bright lights of the Garden.
Last season, Timmy Jr. had a breakout year. He averaged a career high of 14.5 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.3 assists for the 43-39 Atlanta Hawks. An top 10 candidate for the league’s Most Improved Player award, Hardaway’s game blossomed as he was an key component for some of Atlanta’s stunning victories over perennial powerhouses like the Cavs during the late 2nd half stretch of the season.
With an Hall Of Famer of a daddy by his side to help him improve his game and schooling him to the business of basketball, don’t be surprised if we see Timmy take the offer in case Atlanta doesn’t match it.