Hardaway Jr. hoping to remain with Hawks

Tim Hardaway Jr. started slow but finished strong with the Hawks.

Tim Hardaway Jr. will be a restricted free agent and that means the Atlanta Hawks can match any deal he receives.

Hardaway is hoping that however it works out, he remains a Hawks. At least, that’s what he implied in an interview with NBA.com.

“I love it here,” the Hawks shooting guard said. “Atlanta brought me here, and it really felt like I was starting as a rookie all over again when I was here. With that being said, they made me go through some tough times and it made me mature a lot more as a person – on and off the court.

“It made me appreciate the game of basketball a whole lot more than I did when I first came into the league. That’s what I’m thankful for.”