New York Knicks: Reasons to love the Tim Hardaway Jr. signing

ATLANTA, GA - APRIL 26: Tim Hardaway Jr. #10 of the Atlanta Hawks looks to pass while being defended by Jae Crowder #99 of the Boston Celtics in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2016 NBA Playoffs at Philips Arena on April 26, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - APRIL 26: Tim Hardaway Jr. #10 of the Atlanta Hawks looks to pass while being defended by Jae Crowder #99 of the Boston Celtics in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2016 NBA Playoffs at Philips Arena on April 26, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) /
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PHOENIX, AZ – DECEMBER 13: Kristaps Porzingis #6 of the New York Knicks handles the ball against Marquese Chriss #0 of the Phoenix Suns during the second half of the NBA game at Talking Stick Resort Arena on December 13, 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Suns defeated the Knicks 113-111. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
PHOENIX, AZ – DECEMBER 13: Kristaps Porzingis #6 of the New York Knicks handles the ball against Marquese Chriss #0 of the Phoenix Suns during the second half of the NBA game at Talking Stick Resort Arena on December 13, 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Suns defeated the Knicks 113-111. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /

5. The Youth Movement

For the first time since the pre-Melo days, the New York Knicks are embracing a youth movement. For the first time since the 1980s, the Knicks have invested in a franchise player who has sustainability on their side.

New York has a chance to become one of the better teams in the NBA if it continues along this path, and signing Tim Hardaway Jr. lines up relatively well.

Hardaway Jr. turned 25 years of age in May, which fits relatively well with the current timeline. Frank Ntilikina will be 19 in July, Kristaps Porzingis will be 22 in August, and Willy Hernangomez turned 23 in May.

With Hardaway within three years of the franchise players, he has the tools to be a high-quality contributor with a similar schedule of growth.

With Hardaway at shooting guard, the Knicks now have a starting-caliber wing who has proven capable of providing quality contributions. He’s provided the Association with flashes of brilliance, albeit inconsistently.

If the Knicks have an opportunity to build for the future, they should capitalize on it—and sometimes, that requires an unfortunately big contract.