Going into the 2015 NBA Draft, the Atlanta Hawks had the No. 15 pick. The Hawks then moved back to No. 19 and traded that pick to the New York Knicks for Tim Hardaway Jr. Through four games, a supposedly healthy Hardaway still hasn’t seen a second of the court after he was once again inactive in the Hawks’ 94-92 loss to the Charlotte Hornets on Sunday.
Hardaway was inactive for Atlanta’s opener, and some thought it perhaps was a disciplinary measure or a way to send a message. Head coach Mike Budenholzer claimed it wasn’t anything like that, but three more games later and Hardaway still hasn’t seen the court. In one of those games, Kyle Korver didn’t play and Budenholzer only played nine guys.
That’s certainly not a good look for a guy who was acquired in exchange for a first-round pick. As of right now, that’s looking like one of the worst moves of the offseason. Hardaway wasn’t very good with the Knicks last season, so giving up a first-round pick for him was strange at the time and looks even worse now.
Of course, this could all change. Perhaps Hardaway impresses in practice and earns some playing time. Maybe there’s an injury that gives him an opportunity. He has to stay ready in case he gets that chance, but he’s facing an uphill battle at the moment.