Dallas Mavericks rumors: Team focused on bringing back Tim Hardaway Jr.

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

The Dallas Mavericks have several important offseason decisions to make, but the first revolves around Tim Hardaway Jr. The 6’5 wing has become a key scorer and shot-maker. His ability to sink catch and shoot triples has helped the Mavericks become one of the most efficient offenses in the NBA.

Hardaway Jr. has a massive $28 million cap hold this summer. The organization can create $34 million in space if they decline Willie Cauley-Stein’s team option, Josh Richardson opts out, and the Mavericks renounce their cap holds. Will the Mavs re-sign Hardaway Jr. or chase the marquee names on the open market?

The Athletic’s Shams Charania released his latest Inside Pass (subscription required) on July 25. He shared plenty of rumors heading into draft week, including this. “The Mavericks have prioritized re-signing free agent Tim Hardaway Jr., sources said.” Here is a look at what that means for Dallas.

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Rumors: Dallas Mavericks focused on bringing back Tim Hardaway Jr.

The Mavs re-signing Tim Hardaway Jr. means the team is virtually going to run it back. They could create about $20 million in space if they made other moves. Dallas will also have the mid-level exception to add talent to the roster. The Mavericks need to spend wisely.

Fans will breathe a bit easier after Luka Doncic signs his $200 max extension this summer. The Mavs need to build a title contender around the 22-year-old superstar. They feel Hardaway Jr. is an important piece of that. Tim Hardaway Sr. will also be happy if his son re-signs in Dallas.

The Mavericks need another ball-handler and playmaker and a few defensive upgrades to round out their roster. Will they have the space and be able to acquire those pieces? It is one of the many things to watch this offseason.

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