5 players that may have played their last game with Mavericks
1. Tim Hardaway Jr.
Tim Hardaway Jr. also joined the Dallas Mavericks in the Kristaps Porzingis trade. The Knicks wanted off his contract, especially his $18.975 million player option for the 2020-2021 season. It looked like a certainty he would opt-in when the Mavs acquire him.
Hardaway Jr. has been outstanding this season. Ever since he moved into the starting lineup on Nov. 20, THJ has flourished. Over the last 50 games, he averages 17.3 points and 3.2 3-pointers made in 30.5 minutes per game. Hardaway Jr. is shooting 45.5 percent from the field and 43.0 percent on his 3-pointers.
The Mavericks have unlocked the best version of THJ. That is in part because he is playing with Luka Doncic. Fans can read more about that here.
Hardaway Jr. has a difficult decision on his hands. The teams with significant cap space this summer all figure to be on the outside looking in at the playoff race next season. Does he chase every dollar on the open market or decide to stay with the Mavericks?
The 28-year-old could opt-in or sign an extension to stay in Dallas. Both are plausible considering his stellar play. Coach Carlisle has raved about him since the beginning of his incredible run.
If he opts out, the Mavs have some extra cap space. They are becoming an attractive situation too. Think about how many current Mavericks are having career years playing next to Luka? Others will want to join in on that party.
THJ’s player option is the biggest question of the Dallas Mavericks offseason at this moment. Stay tuned to see what the veteran decides.