Dallas Mavericks: 5 free agents to replace Tim Hardaway Jr. if he leaves

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Dallas Mavericks: 5 free agents to replace Tim Hardaway Jr. if he decides to depart

The Dallas Mavericks were back in the playoffs for the first time since 2016. They had a breakthrough season that ended with a first-round loss to the title-favorite LA Clippers. The Mavs won two games and made it a series, though.

The future is bright in Dallas. Luka Doncic skyrocketed into a top-five player in the league in his second NBA season. Kristaps Porzingis proved to be one of the best number two options. The supporting cast made leaps too. The Mavs are building something special.

They want to continue improving. That means adding the missing piece or two that pushes them into title contention. There are plenty of questions to answer this offseason. One of the biggest is the player option of Tim Hardaway Jr. He would make $18.975 million next season, but what if he opts out.

5 free agents that could join the Dallas Mavericks if Tim Hardaway Jr. declines his player option

The Mavs are one of many teams lining up for the 2021 free agency. Giannis Antetokounmpo, LeBron James, and Kawhi Leonard could headline a class filled with All-Stars. The Mavericks are hoping to add a third star and vault into yearly title contention.

If Hardaway Jr. declines his player option, Dallas will let him walk. Clearly, he desires a long-term deal. The Mavs do not want to throw away their chance at a third star on locking in THJ for the next four seasons.

If Tim Hardaway Jr. opts out, the Dallas Mavericks will have cap space. Here are five free agents they could sign to a one-year deal to improve in 2021 and keep their options open.

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