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Knicks want Har­d­away

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.

Pis­tons swap for Bradley

The Detroit Pis­tons have ac­quired guard Avery Bradley from the Bos­ton Celtics for for­ward

Mar­cus Mor­ris. Detroit also re­ceives a 2019 sec­ond-round draft pick. The Pis­tons an­nounced the trade Fri­day. Bradley’s ar­rival gives

the Pis­tons a re­place­ment for Ken­tavi­ous Cald­well-Pope, who had been a re­stricted free agent. Detroit has re­nounced the rights to Cald­well-Pope. Bradley av­er­aged 16.3 points per game last sea­son for the Celtics, but they are mov­ing on from him as they add All-Star for­ward Gor­don Hay­ward. Mor­ris av­er­aged 14 points for Detroit.

Bog­danovic on the move?

A per­son with knowl­edge of the sit­u­a­tion said the Wash­ing­ton Wiz­ards have re­nounced the rights to free agent Bo­jan Bog­danovic so he could agree to a two-year, $21 mil­lion deal with the Pac­ers. The per­son spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause it had not yet been an­nounced. Just hours be­fore the deal was reached, Pac­ers pres­i­dent of bas­ket­ball op­er­a­tions Kevin Pritchard hinted that a ma­jor sign­ing could oc­cur be­fore the end of the week. Bog­danovic is con­sid­ered one of Europe’s top shoot­ers. He could con­trib­ute im­me­di­ately now af­ter four-time All-Star Paul Ge­orge was traded from In­di­ana to Ok­la­homa City.

Heat trade McRoberts

The Mi­ami Heat have traded oft-injured for­ward Josh McRoberts to the Dal­las Mav­er­icks for cen­ter A.J. Ham­mons and a 2023 sec­ond-round draft pick. The move frees much-needed salary cap space for Mi­ami, which owed McRoberts just over $6 mil­lion for next sea­son. McRoberts was lim­ited to 81 games with the Heat in the last three sea­sons. Ham­mons is set to make $1.3 mil­lion. Both play­ers got to the NBA out of Carmel High in Carmel, Ind. McRoberts grad­u­ated from Carmel; Ham­mons left there and trans­ferred to Oak Hill in Vir­ginia for his junior and se­nior sea­sons. Dal­las would be­come McRoberts’ sev­enth team. He played for Port­land, the Los An­ge­les Lak­ers, Or­lando, In­di­ana and Char­lotte be­fore Mi­ami.

FBI in­ves­ti­gates Knight

The FBI and the U.S. Army in­ves­ti­gated com­plaints from four women that Hall of Fame bas­ket­ball coach Bob Knight groped them or touched them in­ap­pro­pri­ately dur­ing a visit to a U.S. spy agency in 2015, The Wash­ing­ton Post re­ported. The in­ves­ti­ga­tion con­cluded a year later with­out charges be­ing filed. An at­tor­ney for Knight con­firmed to The Post that FBI agents in­ter­viewed Knight but said there’s “no cred­i­ble ev­i­dence” to sup­port the al­le­ga­tions. One of the women told The Post that Knight groped her on the but­tocks shortly be­fore he gave a speech to staffers at the Na­tional Geospa­tial-In­tel­li­gence Agency in Spring­field, Va. The woman later filed a dis­crim­i­na­tion com­plaint.

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