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Dallas Mavericks: 5 free agent targets that pair nicely with Luka Doncic

Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Mike Conley Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Mike Conley Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
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Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Tim Hardaway Jr. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Free agent that pairs well with Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic: 4. Tim Hardaway Jr.

Mavs fans have seen Hardaway Jr. excel playing next to Luka. The soon-to-be free agent took a massive leap in his first full season in Dallas, and Doncic played a key role in the changes. Hardaway Jr. embraced attempting catch and shoot threes. Luka kept setting him up to be successful. Over the last two seasons combined, THJ hit 39.4 percent of his 1,042 3-point tries.

Hardaway Jr. made improvements in his off-the-dribble game this year. He played primarily as the sixth man until coach Rick Carlisle shifted him into the starting five down the stretch of the regular season. Hardaway Jr. is an important scorer, floor spacer, and offensive weapon for the Mavs.

It is no secret they want to re-sign him this summer. Replacing THJ would not be easy. Yes, the Dallas Mavericks would love to chase the marquee free agents, but doing so could cost the organization Hardaway Jr.

The 6’5 wing is an underrated defender too. Hardaway Jr. finished 115th in FiveThirtyEight’s defensive RAPTOR last season.

Will the Mavericks re-sign Tim Hardaway Jr. this offseason? There is mutual interest between the two sides, but ironing out a deal that works for both parties still has to happen.

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