Restricted free agent Tim Hardaway Jr. said he's hoping to stick around in Atlanta next season.
"I want to be here, point blank," Hardaway said. "They brought me here because they believed in me and believed in what I’m capable of doing. I’m thankful for it. … As of now, I’m still here. This is my team." He averaged 14.5 points, 2.8 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 0.7 steals and 1.9 triples on the season, but really shined after the All-Star break with averages of 17.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 0.8 steals and 2.1 triples. He even took Kent Bazemore's spot in the starting lineup during the playoffs. THJ hopes to improve his ball-handling this summer and should be a significant contributor for the Hawks again in 2017-18 if they decide to bring him back. It sounds like the feeling is mutual, as coach Mike Budenholzer said that re-signing THJ will be a priority of his.