Grading the Dallas Mavericks agreeing to re-sign Tim Hardaway Jr.
The Mavs wanted to re-sign Hardaway Jr. and add a marquee free agent. Their top priority was Kyle Lowry, but he agreed to join the Miami Heat in a sign-and-trade. Dallas accomplished half for their Plan A by agreeing to a four-year deal worth $72 million with THJ just minutes after negotiations were allowed on Monday evening.
Hardaway Jr. made a massive leap during his time in Dallas. He has become a lights-out shooter and more efficient scorer. The 29-year-old connected on over 39 percent from 3-point range in each of the last two seasons. He plays his best flanking Luka Doncic and has become the perfect complement to the Mavericks superstar.
Dallas had to bring back Hardaway Jr. this offseason. He has become an important scorer and floor spacer for the Mavericks, and they were not replacing his production if he signed elsewhere. The Mavs have struggled to land one marquee name, so two would have been out of the question.
Dallas Mavericks grade for agreeing to re-sign Tim Hardaway: A-
The Mavs re-signed a key piece of their rotation to a fair market deal. Acquiring an elite shooter that can score 16-plus points per game never comes cheap. Hardaway Jr. will earn an average of $18 million per year on his new contract. It was a win-win for both sides.
The Dallas Mavericks earned an A-minus grade for the Tim Hardaway Jr. signing. Fans can read more on the grade here.
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