Following a trade that seemed strange at the time, the Atlanta Hawks have assigned Tim Hardaway Jr. to the Canton Charge.
The team acquired Hardaway this summer in a draft-night sequence that saw them trade down and then eventually swap Jerian Grant to the New York Knicks in exchange for the third-year wing from Michigan.
Many were skeptical of the move right off the bat, and the marriage of Atlanta’s ball movement and Hardaway’s Knicks-ian ways has been as poor as initially feared. He’s played just 44 minutes in four appearances for the Hawks, scoring a mere 10 points on 13 shots.
Hardaway has a reputation as a pure scorer/instant offense off the bench kind of player, but after solid contributions as a rookie, his percentages fell in his sophomore season. In 2014, he shot 42.9 percent from the field, and an healthy 36.3 percent from beyond the arc, numbers that fell to 38.9 percent and 34.2 percent, respectively, in 2015.
Along with Hardaway, the Hawks also sent rookie Walter Tavares to the Charge. Tavares has only appeared in three games and played five minutes this season.