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Tim Hardaway Jr
Tim Hardaway Jr
Position: G
Born: 03/16/92
Height: 6-6 / 1.98
Weight:205 lbs. / 93 kg.
Salary: $1,304,520
Detroit may be looking to move guard Brandon Jennings because the organization traded for fellow guard Reggie Jackson last season. Jackson will be a restricted free agent this summer. Jennings is entering the final year of his contract and will make $8.3 million next season. In a Jennings-for-Hardaway Jr. swap, the Knicks would likely have to use their trade exception and adjust their outgoing assets to make the deal work.
“It’s about finishing strong and finishing with the guys we have on our team right now,” Hardaway said. “I’m not worried about next year, I’m worried about this season and the game [Sunday against the 76ers]. “It’s just a point to try to end on a good note. You don’t want to leave your team behind. I mean, it’s my wrist — it’s not like it’s my leg or my hips. I’m able to run, I’m able to talk, I’m able to communicate out there on the court. I just want to go out there and play. I play for pride, and I play for the guys on our team.”
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And as far as his future, coach Derek Fisher said, “Well, he is under contract for next year …” But he expanded. “Timmy has a great deal of potential as a young guard. He is showing more skill in handling the basketball and playing defense,” Fisher said. “Tim has done well under the circumstances,” Fisher added, noting Hardaway began the season No. 3 on the two-guard depth chart. “So there weren’t a lot of minutes and lot of opportunities. Plus, a new way of playing, a new style of playing, but I think he’s tried his best to adjust and he’s taken the defensive end more seriously.
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Tim Hardaway Jr. has seen his play take a drastic drop from his rookie season, but he survived the trade deadline — perhaps more because of his struggles than the Knicks desire to keep him. He reportedly was included in a package the team tried to put together in a deal for Goran Dragic, who wound up with the Heat. “I don’t follow any of that stuff,” Hardaway said before the deadline. “I control what I can control – that’s playing for this team. … I’m happy to be here. Hopefully, I’ll be here for a long time.”
As for the on-court argument with Hardaway, who confirmed that it happened, Anthony added: “Just to speak solely on that situation, me and Tim have no problems. I wish I could bring him out here and have him next to me while I’m doing this interview, he will tell you the same thing. That’s pretty much all I can say on that. Tim is a guy who I always wrapped my arm around and put under my wing from Day 1, helped him through times when he’s been down, and I will continue doing that.”
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Certain his second-year teammate was speaking to him, Carmelo Anthony approached Hardaway on the way down the court and used an expletive to ask Hardaway who in the world he thought he was talking to. Anthony, according to sources, then used another expletive in telling Hardaway he was going to beat him up when they got into the locker room after the game. While the two players never wound up fighting, the episode was emblematic of the volatile state of the Knicks. Off to their worst start in franchise history at 4-19, the Knicks are a team full of discord, defiance and doubt, according to sources with knowledge of the situation.
Sources said one thing Anthony and his teammates do agree on is their disdain for the triangle offense. For weeks, if not longer, the players have been ready to ditch the triangle and move on to another system. They feel like other teams know what they’re going to run and where they’re going to go on the court, which makes it easier to stop them. When team president Phil Jackson gave his “state of the team” address Monday, he said the Knicks players have shown defiance to the changes he and Fisher have made in the name of “changing the culture.”
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Several Knicks, in addition to Hardaway, are at odds with Anthony and believe he’s not playing team basketball. Sources said players voiced their displeasure with Anthony this past weekend, telling him he shoots too much, doesn’t move or pass the ball, and only plays defense when he feels like it. Sources said the most tension exists between Anthony and Hardaway as they haven’t cared for one another almost since Hardaway joined the team last season, with each player believing the other shoots too much and doesn’t care about defense. Sources said Hardaway was also bothered by the favorable treatment Anthony received under last year’s coach, Mike Woodson.
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“We’re out there trying. It’s not like last year. This year, we’re actually out there trying to give it our all,” Hardaway said after the New York Knicks’ loss to the Atlanta Hawks. “You can see the frustration on our faces if we make a mistake.” Hardaway’s words — understandably — caused a bit of an uproar on social media. The idea that professional athletes aren’t giving their best efforts doesn’t sit well with paying customers. Early Tuesday morning, Hardaway said on Twitter that he “misspoke” and he apologized to fans.
Even though it’s only been a few weeks, Carmelo Anthony can see a difference in Tim Hardaway Jr. already this season. “I see a more confident Tim,” Anthony said. “And Tim’s got a lot of confidence. I see a lot more confidence in Tim, knowing how good of a player he could be. I think he believes that now. He believes in himself a lot more now. And it’s only going to grow.” The second-year shooter already plays and carries himself with a lot of confidence. That could clearly be seen last season as the rookie averaged 10.2 points, 42.8% shooting overall and 36.3% three-point shooting in 81 games. That earned him first-team All-Rookie honors.
Shumpert, who didn’t scrimmage or have any contact during Monday’s practice at their Greenburgh campus, believes he will play. Shumpert has been sitting out some practices, including those at West Point. But the Knicks coaching staff is worried Shumpert’s hamstring issue could linger. Fisher also said guard Tim Hardaway Jr. is battling hip inflammation. Hardaway Jr., Shumpert and Amar’e Stoudemire, resting his knees, barely participated in Monday’s practices. “I was telling Shump earlier, for eight months we have to be at our absolute best,’’ Fisher said. “It’s a long season. We can’t rush trying to be so excited for the start of the season.’’
Fisher can play one at shooting guard while the others sit on the bench or mix and match combinations of the three guards in the triangle offense, as GM Steve Mills suggested earlier this month. “That’s for the coach to decide. All we’ve got to do is play,” J.R. Smith said Thursday. “Whatever they decide, we’ve got to just live with it. Hopefully everybody could put their egos aside and come together for one common goal.”
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You see, Lowry was only a first-round draft pick away from being traded to the New York Knicks in mid-December. It was this close to happening. According to a source familiar with the Raptors’ thinking, there were three likely scenarios on the table involving Knicks guards Iman Shumpert and Tim Hardaway Jr., with Lowry being the only Raptors player in the deal. The clincher would have been a future first-round pick to the Raptors, but team owner James Dolan vetoed it and the trade fell through, a denial confirmed by a source close to the Knicks.
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The Knicks recently attempted to make a trade for Minnesota Timberwolves star Kevin Love, offering forward Amar’e Stoudemire and his enormous expiring contract, second-year guard Tim Hardaway, Jr. and swingman Iman Shumpert, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. But the longshot offer, made in the past week, was declined and never stood much of a chance, particularly since the Timberwolves could potentially strike a richer deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers involving No. 1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins. The Chicago Bulls, who have a bevy of intriguing assets to trade, have reportedly had conversations with Minnesota about Love in recent weeks since failing to sign Knicks star Carmelo Anthony in free agency.