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Dallas Mavericks: Is Tim Hardaway Jr. a long-term answer for the Mavs?

Dallas Mavericks Tim Hardaway Jr. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Dallas Mavericks Tim Hardaway Jr. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
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Dallas Mavericks Tim Hardaway Jr. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Should the Dallas Mavericks re-sign Tim Hardaway Jr. long-term?

Hardaway Jr. will be entering his age 30 season when he hits free agency, so expect him to be searching for a long-term deal. The veteran wants to lock in as much guaranteed money as possible. The Mavs should not overpay for services. They plan on building a title contender around Luka Doncic. Overpaying for role players makes that challenge more difficult.

What if Tim Hardaway Jr. is willing to accept a four-year deal at $12 million per season? Re-signing him should hinge on the Mavericks’ other options. Dallas would love to add a third star to pair with Luka and Kristaps Porzingis. The market for superstars looks dried up unless Kawhi Leonard decides to leave LA, but could the Mavs convince Kyle Lowry to come to Texas?

If they strike out on a star, Dallas should be searching for the perfect fit around Doncic. Can they find a defensive upgrade that spaces the floor and can be a secondary creator? The Mavericks should be looking to use their cap space on the perfect fit.

If they strike out on both fronts, the Mavs should re-sign Tim Hardaway Jr. and run it back. THJ has been outstanding in Dallas. None of it is a knock on him, but the Mavericks should be searching for upgrades if they want to jump into title contention.

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Stay tuned to see if the Dallas Mavericks re-sign Tim Hardaway Jr. It promises to be an exciting offseason. Yes, this campaign is far from over, but the fun will not stop for the Mavs. Keep it locked to The Smoking Cuban for all the latest.

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