Case against the Dallas Mavericks bringing back Tim Hardaway Jr.
Hardaway Jr. is one of the top free agents on the market. Teams will value his scoring and floor spacing abilities. Multiple organizations have saved up cap space for this summer, but the star-studded names have almost all already inked new deals with their current teams. The Mavs could be stuck overpaying to keep THJ in Dallas long-term.
Should they hand a four-year $80 million deal to Hardaway Jr. this offseason? Dallas could regret that deal in his age-32 season if the sharpshooter begins to decline.
Hardaway Jr. is not the perfect fit. He improves their offense, but remember the 6’5 wing was moved to the bench for significant stretches this season as the Mavericks attempted to upgrade their defense. THJ shined playing next to Luka Doncic or as the sixth man, but he is at best an average defender.
The 29-year-old is not a playmaker either. He averaged just 1.8 assists per game this season. The Mavs will be searching for a secondary creator to play next to Luka Doncic this offseason. The front office will have to decide between re-signing Tim Hardaway Jr. or chasing the big-name free agents.
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