The Dallas Mavericks have a lot of important decisions to make this offseason. They have already hired a new head coach and general manager. The Mavs want to improve their roster. They could have as many as eight free agents, so massive changes could be ahead. The first decision hinges on Tim Hardaway Jr.
THJ has a $28 million cap hold. The Mavericks have to choose between bringing him back and trying to acquire a big-name free agent. There is mutual interest in re-signing Hardaway Jr., but will the deal get done?
Tim Hardaway Sr. did a guest spot on the 1 Star Recruits podcast. The former Maverick and five-time NBA All-Star offered his thoughts on his son’s free agency, Dallas’ current situation, and more. Let us take a closer look.
Tim Hardaway Sr. thinks his son should return to Dallas Mavericks
Hardaway Sr. answered plenty of questions about his career and his son’s. He offered this assessment of Tim Hardaway Junior’s game.
"“I didn’t raise a shooter. I raised a basketball player. My son can do a lot of things, and he plays the game the right way… Tim is going to do what the game dictates him to do. If you open, he’s going to pitch the ball up to you. If you’re not open, he not going to pitch the ball up to you.”"
Hardaway Jr. was the Mavericks’ second scorer in the playoffs. He has taken some massive steps forward during his time in Dallas.
Hardaway Sr. was asked about the Mavericks’ recent situation and if he wants his son to remain in Dallas.
"“I’d like my son to stay there. I think it is a good fit for my son.”"
The host then asked him about new head coach Jason Kidd. See Hardaway Senior’s response below.
"“I love Jason. I think Jason knows what he is doing. He’s been around championship-caliber teams. He’s going to bring his own stuff, but I think he understands how to coach. I think he will be tremendous for Luka Doncic. I think he will make his game even better and make him understand how to get his team better.I like Nico there. I think he knows what he is doing. I think he’s groomed himself for this GM spot. He knows all the players from being at Nike. Mark Cuban is going to be Mark Cuban, and there is nothing you can do about that, but I think he needs to get ahold of his organization. A lot of people are questioning his leadership, but I know he wants to excel and he’s going to do whatever it takes to excel. He’s going to do the right things to make his organization superior.”"
Hardaway Sr. was clear that he wants his son back with the Mavericks. It will be interesting to see if a deal gets done this summer.
Hardaway Sr. also told the story about the Kristaps Porzingis trade, and how the Mavericks called to acquire his son before the Knicks began inquiring about their level of interest in KP. The five-time All-Star also talked a lot about his playing career and told a few hilarious stories about former Mavericks head coach Donnie Nelson. The interview is a must-listen for all Mavs fans.
Tim Hardaway Jr. always plays better when his father is in attendance. Fans can get bet he will be taking Tim Hardaway Sr. counsel when making his decision this summer. Will that mean a reunion with the Dallas Mavericks? Stay tuned to find out.