Hardaway: To match or not to match?

Tim Hardaway Jr. of the Atlanta Hawks lays in a basket against the Chicago Bulls at Philips Arena on November 9, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Let’s keep this simple as a board a flight to Las Vegas for the summer league.

Late Thursday night, Tim Hardaway Jr. signed a four-year, $71 million offer sheet with the Knicks as a restricted free agent. The Hawks have 48 hours to decide whether to match the offer, about 11 p.m. (ET) on Saturday. Hardaway would earn about $17.75 million annually on the deal. It would make him the highest paid Hawks player next season as he would surpass the $16.9 million of Kent Bazemore.

What do you think? Will the Hawks match? Should the Hawks match?

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Hawks better not match this ridiculous offer sheet! Let the Knicks overpay him we are already overpaying Bazmore until 2020.


Who else are they going to pay?  Even a high draft pick is still far away, no current players are going to command elite contracts soon, and what free agents remain this year the Hawks would want to sign or would want to sign with the Hawks.

No fans are going to want to watch a team lose 60+ games especially if all the players are cheap, inexperienced youngsters or players other teams did not want.  Hardaway is not all-star level yet but can at least score.

Worst case scenario the Hawks could trade him mid-season next year.