Tim Hardaway Jr. doesn't want to harp on the past, but he said he's carrying a chip on his shoulder because the Knicks traded him.
"It never feels good to get traded," he said. "But you're with a team at the end of the day that wants you."
The Knicks moved Hardaway to Atlanta for the rights to Jerian Grant on draft night. Hardaway said he heard from Carmelo Anthony that night. There were reports that Anthony was unhappy with the trade. "Yeah, he did reach out," Hardaway said. "He helped me out a lot when I was here."
Grant is more versatile and is effective on both ends of the court. "Sometimes it's not about what a player isn't as much as it's about what a player that you're possibly going to get can be," Knicks coach Derek Fisher said. "I think Jerian has more skills as a guard in terms of ballhandling and decision-making that are really going to be helpful for us long-term."
Hardaway was active Thursday night but did not play in the Hawks' 112-101 win.
Porzingis' fine line
Kristaps Porzingis didn't shoot well (3-for-11) in his NBA debut Wednesday night, but what stood out in his 16-point game was that he attempted 12 free throws.
"His level of aggression is remarkable for a young guy his size that doesn't necessarily carry a lot of weight," Fisher said. "He's not fearful of being able to mix it up."
Arron Afflalo (hamstring strain), Kevin Seraphin (sore knee) and Lou Amundson (sore back) were unavailable for the second straight game . . . Thanasis Antetokounmpo, whom the Knicks drafted in 2014 and cut before this season, is re-signing with their Westchester D-League team, his agency tweeted.