The Spurs should inquire about Tim Hardaway Jr.
Jabari Young of The Athletic reported on Wednesday that the San Antonio Spurs are looking to make a trade for a wing player prior to the February 7th trade deadline.
The Spurs did try and trade for Trevor Ariza before he was dealt to the Washington Wizards earlier this season, but that didn’t work out. Another name being mentioned is Wesley Johnson of the New Orleans Pelicans.
Johnson does have a very attractive contract that only has one year left and pays him $6.1 million. But I was thinking that Hardaway may not be a bad option for the Spurs.
Of course Hardaway’s contract is much more steep than Johnson’s with him having three years left and an average of over $17 million per season.
Hardaway is younger than the 31 year-old Johnson, since he’ll be turning 27 in March. I also believe that he could flourish with the talent that the Spurs would have around him. Right now with the Knicks there is too much on his shoulders and he’s simply not an elite talent and can’t handle being the main guy.
In order for the Spurs and Knicks to work out a deal, the Knicks would have to take on both point guard Patty Mills who’s scheduled to make $11.5 million this season and will become a free agent this coming summer. They will also have to acquire small forward Davis Bertens, who’s contract runs out in 2020. He’s scheduled to make over $7 million a season.
Adding Berten’s contract isn’t ideal, but Mills’ deal will of course go away after this season, since he’ll be a free agent.
Right now the only player on the Knicks that the Spurs have been linked with is Kristaps Porzingis. We don’t know if they’re interested in Hardaway.
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