The Atlanta Hawks made news last week when they reached an agreement with Dennis Schröder on a four-year contract extension worth $62 million. However, Atlanta’s other extension candidate Tim Hardaway Jr. is unlikely to receive an extension by the October 31 deadline according to a report by The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
So far, among the unlikely extension deals w/ looming Monday midnight deadline: Kelly Olynyk, Mason Plumlee and Tim Hardaway, Jr.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) October 30, 2016
While the Hawks paid a high price to acquire Hardaway back at the 2015 Draft, the report of no extension comes as no surprise. He opened last season on the inactive list and it took him until the second half of the season before he was able to crack the rotation. Once he was in the rotation, Hardaway played well averaging 8.9 points per game in March while shooting 46 percent from the field and 43 percent from three-point range.
A groin injury in the final regular season seemed to hamper Hardaway during the playoffs. He opened this season as the team’s backup shooting guard and scored 21 points in the season opener helping the Hawks to a win over the Wizards.
It seems like the correct move on Atlanta’s part to pass on an extension now. The Hawks can tender Hardaway a qualifying offer and then will have the right to match any offer from another team.