The New York Knicks‘ No. 1 priority is bringing back superstar Carmelo Anthony. In doing so, the team might have to make a move or two. One of those moves could involve an Amare Stoudemire trade, but possibly losing Tim Hardaway Jr. wouldn’t be worth it.
Is Hardaway Jr. ever going to be a superstar in the NBA? Who knows. However, the second-year player is definitely worth holding onto.
Stoudemire’s contract is horrible considering the fact that he never met expectations in New York. Call me crazy, but averaging 11.9 points per game and 4.9 rebounds per game (this past season’s stats) is not meeting expectations for the former star.
It’s always a risk getting rid of a young player. That would be especially true with Hardaway Jr. His skills don’t scream dominant NBA player, but he is a scoring threat for the Knicks right now. Plus, he has a great shot and that shot is only going to get better. Both of those have to count for something.
Hardaway Jr. is coming off of a season where he averaged 10.2 points per game on 36.3 percent shooting from behind the arc. He was a rookie, so not too bad. Also, we don’t know what his potential is yet. Keeping Melo on the team or not, this team needs more pieces to build around. A young Hardaway Jr. could certainly be one of those piece and he should be part of the Knicks’ future plans.
This is the problem with dealing out big contracts. Stoudemire certainly did the organization some good, but now the team has his massive salary on their minds.