After starting his career with the New York Knicks, Tim Hardaway Jr. was dealt to the Atlanta Hawks in 2015 and had a career year last season.
Now, money is waiting at his door step, and it's a familiar face knocking.
Thursday night, the Knicks offered Hardaway a four-year, $71 million dollar contract and he chose to take the offer and sign with his former team, according to Yahoo and ESPN.
Hardaway was drafted 23rd overall by the Knicks in 2013. He set new career-highs in scoring (14.5 ppg), rebounding (2.8 rpg), assists (2.3 apg) and shooting percentage (.455), while helping the Atlanta Hawks get back to the playoffs last season.
The Hawks do however have the opportunity to retain Hardaway by matching the offer within two days, but are unexpected to do so. ESPN stated that the Hawks were supposedly going to offer a pay sheet somewhere in the range of $45 million to the ex-Wolverine.
Hardaway was one of the nine Michigan players to leave early during Beilein’s tenure with the program.
The 6-foot-6, 205-pounder spent three years in Ann Arbor. His highlight season was in 2013, when he was named First-Team, All-Big Ten and helped the Wolverines to their first national championship contest since 1993.