Dallas Mavericks: What does Tim Hardaway Jr. do with his player option?
Dallas Mavericks wing Tim Hardaway Jr. was expected to come off the bench entering this season. Fans did not know what he would produce. Some thought Delon Wright and Seth Curry would eat into his playing time. It did not take long for Hardaway Jr. to push his way into the starting five. The 28-year-old had one of the best seasons of his career.
THJ averaged 15.8 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 1.9 assists in 29.5 minutes per game. He shot 43.4 percent from the field and a career-high 39.8 percent on 3-point tries. Hardaway Jr. settled in as the Mavericks third scorer. His ability to space the floor and knock down threes were a massive part of the team having the best offense in the NBA.
Hardaway Jr. came to Dallas in the Kristaps Porzingis trade. Few expected him to be a key piece with the Mavericks, but he was this season. That brings about an important question heading into the offseason.
What does Dallas Mavericks wing Tim Hardaway Jr. do with his player option?
THJ has an $18.975 million player option for the 2020-2021 season. Will he be back in Dallas or does he decide to chase a long-term deal on the open market? The Mavs want to maintain cap space for 2021. That will limit the options for the 28-year-old wing.
Here is a look at both sides before setting the odds that Tim Hardaway Jr. accepts his player option and is back with the Dallas Mavericks.