Dallas Mavericks: Should they re-sign Tim Hardaway Jr. this offseason?

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Case for the Dallas Mavericks bringing back Tim Hardaway Jr.

Hardaway Jr. has taken his game to another level with the Mavs. The 29-year-old averaged 16.6 points and 3.0 3-pointers made per game on 39.1 percent shooting from distance. He has embraced a catch-and-shoot role and was arguably the Mavericks’ second-best player this season.

THJ scored 20 points four times in the playoff series against the LA Clippers. The Mavs won three of those games and narrowly lost Game 6 as Kawhi Leonard delivered an otherworldly performance for the Clippers.

Hardaway Jr. is an important floor spacer and scorer for the Dallas Mavericks high-powered offense. He improved his ability to score after being run off the 3-point line this season. THJ is in the middle of his prime and continues to improve his game.

The Mavs need the 6’5 wing’s ability to heat up and have an outstanding scoring performances. Hardaway Jr. had 29 or more points six times this season, and Dallas lost just one of those games. Having a scorer that can drop 30 next to Luka makes the Mavericks a more dangerous team.

Tim Hardaway Jr. is not the perfect fit, though. There are a few reasons the Dallas Mavericks could let him walk this summer as they search for an upgrade.

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