Sport Report: Hawks won't match New York's offer sheet for Tim Hardaway Jr.

20:16  08 july  2017
20:16  08 july  2017 Source:   Larry Brown Sports

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Atlanta Hawks shooting guard Tim Hardaway Jr . received an offer sheet from the New York Knicks Thursday worth million over four years, per Adrian Wojnarowski and Ian Begley of ESPN. Atlanta has two days to match the contract of the restricted free agent.

Late last night, ESPN’ s Adrian Wojnarowski and Ian Begley broke the news that the franchise had extended an offer sheet to Atlanta Hawks restricted free agent wing Tim Hardaway Jr .

The Hawks won't stop THJ from going back to New York. © Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports The Hawks won't stop THJ from going back to New York.

The New York Knicks offered restricted free agent Tim Hardaway Jr. a whopping $71 million over four years, and the Atlanta Hawks aren’t expected to match.

It’s hardly surprising that Atlanta isn’t interested in matching this offer. In fact, it’s been reported that league executives are “baffled” New York would extend such a lucrative offer to Hardaway Jr. in the first place.

While Hardaway Jr. did evolve into a solid wing player last year in Atlanta, he’s hardly a star. Last season, he averaged 14.5 points a game and hit on 35.7 percent of his 3-point attempts.

The Knicks have made many baffling personnel moves in the past decade-plus. So it’s not all that shocking they’re about to overpay for Hardaway Jr. The Hawks are a team in need of a new identity anyway, so it’s probably better in the long run that they let him go.

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The New York Knicks sent shock waves through the basketball world when it was revealed just how massive their contract offer was for Atlanta Hawks restricted free agent Tim Hardaway Jr. Those shock waves permeated the Knicks organization, as well, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Ramona Shelburne.New York offered Hardaway $71 million over four years, which Atlanta didn't dare match. It's believed that the Hawks were planning to offer the shooting guard $23 million less over the same stretch.

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