Tim Hardaway Jr. will make more money with one contract than his father in his career
Atlanta Hawks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. had a great season for the Georgia-based franchise last year. From averaging only 6.5 points per game in 2015-16, Hardaway turned the corner the following campaign and averaged career-highs in points (14.5), rebounds (2.8), and assists (2.3) per game.
After strong showing in his contract year, Hardaway received a huge offer, which he accepted, from the New York Knicks to the tune of $71 million over four years. Due to the nature of his status as a restricted free agent, the Hawks still have the opportunity to match the offer. However, most reports suggest that Atlanta will likely let Hardaway walk.
Adam Schefter of ESPN pointed out an interesting tidbit about this contract. The sharpshooter’s father, Tim Hardaway Sr., earned $47.1 million in his 14-year career. That means his son will earn around $24 million more in the next four years, than he did over his entire career. Although inflation should be considered here, it’s still an interesting piece of trivia between father and son.
Hardaway Sr. was considered as one of the best point guards in the 1990s and is known for putting the crossover dribble in fashion. The five time All-Star played for the Warriors, Heat, Mavericks, Nuggets, and Pacers. He also won a gold medal for Team USA in the 2000 Sydney Olympics.