Tim Hardaway Jr. was signed back to the New York Knicks on a four year, $71 million contract. Now that Carmelo Anthony has been finally traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder, Hardaway will be looked at to provide a big load of offense for the rebuilding Knicks. He will at least get to play with some familiar faces after the Knicks signed his former college backcourt mate, Trey Burke.
Hardaway was drafted by the Knicks in 2013 but after two decent seasons, he was traded to the Atlanta Hawks. Last season, he averaged a career-high 14.5 points (stats courtesy of basketball-reference). Coming back to the Knicks, he's now going to be the team's franchise guard.
Trey Burke was drafted in the same class and they both led the Michigan Wolverines to the 2013 NCAA championship game but came up short. Burke was looking at to being a top guard in the NBA when he was drafted ninth overall but he never got his stride in the league. He averaged 12.1 points and 3.6 assists during his time with the Utah Jazz but was eventually traded to the Washington Wizards. Burke only averaged 5 points per game on the Wizards.
Now that Burke and Hardaway have reunited in New York, they are trying to relive the magic they had in college and bring winning back to the Mecca of basketball.