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Hardaway signs offer sheet to return to Knicks

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Atlanta Hawks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (10) reacts during the first half in Game 5 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Washington Wizards, Wednesday, April 26, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) Atlanta Hawks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (10) reacts during the first half in Game 5 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Washington Wizards, Wednesday, April 26, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

By BRIAN MAHONEY
AP Basketball Writer

NEW YORK (AP) - The New York Knicks are trying to bring back Tim Hardaway Jr.

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.

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