Apr 2, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (5) goes up for a layup over Brooklyn Nets forward Mirza Teletovic (33) during the second half at Madison Square Garden. The New York Knicks won 110-81. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

New York Knicks Rumors: Tim Hardaway being mentioned in trade talks

The New York Knicks may not be overly confident about their chances of landing Carmelo Anthony this summer but they’re still very slowly becoming a better team in the meantime. They traded away Tyson Chandler for Jose Calderon, Shane Larkin and spare parts and managed to draft very wisely this June.

New York also seems to be hopping their larger contracts on the trade market in an effort to clear cap space for 2015 and beyond. It’s a slow moving process to say the least but the Knicks are never the less trying to make moves to get better.

According Ian Begley of ESPNNewYork.com, the Knicks have heard Tim Hardaway Jr’s name come up in trade talks but are still very hesitant to even discuss moving him in a trade unless it’s a deal they just cannot refuse.

A league source says Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr.’s name has also been discussed in some iterations of deals involving Stoudemire but the Knicks are not inclined to include the second-year shooting guard in any deals.

Of the players New York currently has, Hardaway might be their best and most promising. Getting Melo back is key but having a young guard like Hardaway is developing in your system is crucial to future success.

Amare Stoudemire, Andrea Bargnani and others might be getting shopped but it will take a whopper of a trade for the Knicks to be okay with dealing Hardaway this summer.

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