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Tim Hardaway Jr. signs offer sheet to return to Knicks

NEW YORK — The New York Knicks are trying to bring back Tim Hardaway Jr.

Tim Hardaway Jr. #5 of the New York Knicks reacts after a basket against the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena on April 13, 2015, in Atlanta, Georgia. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

The Knicks signed the guard to a four-year, $71 million offer sheet Thursday, agent Mark Bartelstein said.
Hardaway is a restricted free agent, so the Atlanta Hawks will have two days to match the offer.

The deal was first reported by ESPN.

Hardaway was a first-round pick of the Knicks who spent two seasons in New York before they traded him to Atlanta for the rights to point guard Jerian Grant. The Knicks later dealt Grant to Chicago in a trade for Derrick Rose.

Hardaway struggled early in Atlanta but played well last season, averaging 14.5 points.