Tim Hardaway Jr. responded to coach David Fizdale’s odd financial comment made Friday in which he mentioned Hardaway’s contract figures when explaining his playing rotations.
Asked if he was bothered by Fizdale mentioning his big salary in that context, Hardaway said Sunday, “No reaction to it. It’s a public thing. Everyone knows what I make. It’s a two-year deal. Nothing to worry about.”
After losing to the Nets on Friday, Fizdale explained 26-year-old Enes Kanter was out of the rotation as an impending free agent who isn’t a fleet defender while the 26-year-old Hardaway was a player who has never lost his starting job the entire season. Hardaway is the only Knick who can say that.
Fizdale said Friday, “Tim Hardaway Jr. is making $18 million for two more years with us. He’s a part of our future from that standpoint.’’
Hardaway, who broke his slump with a 22-point outing against Miami on Sunday, agreed he had “never’’ heard a head coach specify his player’s contract total but insisted that “It’s not a big deal to me. It’s a public thing. Everyone could write down and Google and see how much I make. That he said it doesn’t change anything.’’
Fizdale’s remark is consistent with sources indicating the Knicks have explored trading Hardaway’s contract to open cap space, though they have explored dealing nearly everyone on the roster other than Kristaps Porzingis, Kevin Knox and Mitchell Robinson.
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