4 reasons why the Dallas Mavericks must trade Tim Hardaway Jr.

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1. Tim Hardaway Jr. doesn't seem to fit the Dallas Mavericks' long-term plans

The next two to three seasons are crucial for the Dallas Mavericks.

They have Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving under contract, and the window to win a championship could be tighter than people realize. The Mavs have to win right now, and they don't have time to lose.

The front office also understands the importance of adding youth and defensive reliability to the roster, as they added Dereck Lively II and Olivier-Maxence Prosper through the draft.

The Mavs are building for the future while looking to win right now, and Hardaway Jr. isn't necessarily a piece they need for the long haul. Sure, he can be a contributor and a big part of what they do, but if the Mavs keep him this season and don't contend for a title, they must trade him.

Irving could potentially opt out of his contract with the Mavs in two seasons, and Dallas has to have flexibility in free agency to build around Irving and Doncic. They can't risk wasting the time that Doncic and Irving are on the same team together and having Hardaway Jr. on the roster with them both is a financial burden.

This final reason wraps all three reasons into one, and recaps why Dallas should trade Hardaway Jr.

We'll have you covered with all the news and rumors surrounding the Hardaway Jr. and the Mavs this offseason, so stay tuned.