Tim Hardaway Jr. may have further sealed Carmelo’s fate

When Tim Hardaway Jr. was traded two years ago on draft night for the rights to Notre Dame point guard Jerian Grant, Carmelo Anthony was ticked, according to sources.

It felt like a step back for a franchise he thought was trying to win at the time. Hardaway and Anthony had become close after being teammates for two seasons.

Now, Hardaway officially is back in the organization — the Hawks declined to match the Knicks’ four-year, $71 million offer sheet Saturday — and Anthony, ironically, likely is on the way out. The Knicks are undergoing a youth movement under acting president Steve Mills, which doesn’t include the 33-year-old. As reported, Phil Jackson’s departure hasn’t changed management’s view on Anthony.

The 25-year-old Hardaway isn’t joining the Knicks to reunite with Anthony, but potentially take his small-forward spot if Mills can’t dump shooting guard Courtney Lee’s $12 million salary.

In a statement, Mills said the Knicks are “emphasizing youth, athleticism, accountability and unselfishness.”

Carmelo Anthony and Tim Hardaway Jr.AP

The Rockets and Cavaliers, two clubs known to be on Anthony’s wish list, continue to have interest, according to multiple sources. The addition of Anthony pal Chris Paul in Houston has swayed Anthony to consider leaving his 10-year-old son for a faraway distance.


Article source: http://nypost.com/2017/07/08/tim-hardaway-jr-may-have-further-sealed-carmelos-fate/

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