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.