New York Knicks Rumors: Knicks sign 1st round pick Hardaway

While the New York Knicks still search for the missing components to next year’s team, the Knicks did manage to take care of what could be an important piece for next season.

The Knicks officially announced the signing of first round pick Tim Hardaway Jr. on Monday and also formally announced the signing of undrafted free agent C.J. Leslie.

Jun 28, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks first round pick Tim Hardaway Jr. looks on before the start of the game between the New York Mets and the Washington Nationals game at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

It was initially reported the day after the draft that the Knicks had agreed to sign Leslie, who will be in line for the rookie minimum, but his contract will also be partially guaranteed.

As for the No. 24 overall pick out of Michigan, Hardaway’s first year salary will be between $1 and $1.2 million on the rookie scale and the total deal is reportedly worth $6.1 million over four years.

Hardaway should see some time off the Knicks bench as a rookie at the 2 and possibly at the 3 and is fresh off a season in which he averaged 14.5 points and 4.7 rebounds for the national runner-up Wolverines last season.

He is expected to be a part of the Knicks’ Summer League team which debuts Friday.

Leslie should see some time off the Knicks bench at the 4 even though he is a bit of a tweener.

He averaged 15.1 points and 7.4 rebounds for North Carolina State last season and has a ton of talent, so don’t be surprised if he has a bigger than expected role next season.

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Topics: C.J. Leslie, NBA Free Agency, New York Knicks, New York Knicks Rumors, Tim Hardaway Jr

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