NBA News: Atlanta Hawks Appoint Tim Hardaway Jr. to D-League's Canton Charge
Shooting guard Tim Hardaway Jr. was acquired by the Atlanta Hawks from the New York Knicks as part of a draft-night swap. The 2013 NBA Draft 24th overall pick will be playing for the Canton Charge of the NBA Developmental League, on assignment from the Hawks.
The former Michigan Wolverines player appeared in just four games as he stumbled to earn a spot in Coach Mike Budenholzer's rotation. As per a myAJC article, Hardaway Jr. made his debut on November 24 and played a total of 44 minutes, recording 10 points, five rebounds, two assists and a block during his stint with the Atlanta Hawks.
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According to a USA Today article, in his first two seasons with the New York Knicks, Hardaway Jr. averaged 10.8 points in 151 games. When the Hawks traded for him, the 23-year-old was expected to be one of the first players to come off the bench and possibly work as a spot starter for Kyle Korver.
For the seventh time, the 2014 NBA All-Rookie First Teamer was inactive as the Atlanta Hawks lost to the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night.
Because Hardaway Jr. has three years or under of experience as an NBA player, the Hawks can send him to the D-League via the flexible assignment rule.
The ball club has been very active at utilizing the D-League to secure its young players some much-needed court time as part of the organization's development system over the last two seasons.
Edy Tavares has also been assigned by the team to join the Charge. It will be the rookie center's second D-League stint.