Tim Hardaway Jr.’s dad says his son wanted to win with the Knicks
Tim Hardaway, Jr. is in a good spot with the Dallas Mavericks. No longer counted on to be a playmaker, the sixth-year veteran can finally embrace his destined role as a supporting shooter and scorer alongside Luka Doncic and, eventually, Kristaps Porzingis.
Despite his new squad’s potential to emerge as one of the league’s most exciting up-and-coming teams, though, Hardaway was apparently “disappointed” at being traded from the New York Knicks last month.
“He was disappointed, he was disappointed,” Tim Hardaway Sr. said of his son, per theMarc Berman of The New York Post. “He wanted to win there. He wanted to get them in the playoffs (once Porzingis got back) and see where they could go. He wanted the playoffs and have the fans cheering them in the playoffs, but there was the injury. He wasn’t disappointed about moving as much as he was disappointed he couldn’t finish what he was trying to start.”
Tim Hardaway Jr., Trey Burke and Courtney Lee were sent to the Mavs on February 1st in exchange for Dennis Smith, Jr., Wesley Matthews, DeAndre Jordan and two future first-round in the deal that netted Dallas Porzingis.
Hardaway Jr. is yet to find his footing under Rick Carlisle though, despite starting 16 of his 18 games with team. He is averaging 15.6 points per game while shooting 40.1 percent from the field and 31.9 percent from beyond the arc.
Hardaway signed a four-year, $71 million with the Knicks in the summer of 2017, a deal that’s broadly considered one of the worst in the NBA, as evidenced by his presence in the trade being used more as salary filler than a desired commodity.