The Atlanta Hawks informed the New York Knicks that they will not match the four-year, $71 million offer sheet New York threw Tim Hardaway Jr's way earlier this week, paving the way for the youngster to join the Knicks.
Many around the basketball world were thrown for a loop when the Knicks headed this type of cash to Hardaway. But it's a clear indication that he wil be the team's starting shooting guard for the foreseeable future.
Hardaway, 25, averaged 14.5 points and shot at a 36 percent clip from three-point range last season. Likely set to be relied on as New York's second-leading scorer this season, it would not be a surprise to see Hardaway up that to nearly 20 points per game. His usage rate should be incredibly high, especially with New York looking to ship Carmelo Anthony out of town.