Should Dallas Mavericks pass or pursue a Tim Hardaway Jr. deal for Andrew Wiggins?
Sean Deveney added a second Hardaway Jr. hypothetical for the Mavericks to think about as he dove into the Warriors' upcoming financial situation. Golden State needs to work out new contracts with Draymond Green, Klay Thompson, Jordan Poole, and Andrew Wiggins over the next two years, and keeping all four players with the luxury tax penalties added in will push the Dubs roster to a cost of over $500 million.
No team can spend to those levels, so Golden State could be shopping a key piece shortly. Can the Mavericks get involved? Here is a look at Deveney’s hypothetical trade on Heavy.com.
Dallas Mavericks acquire: Andrew Wiggins
Golden State Warriors receive: Tim Hardaway Jr., Reggie Bullock, 2025 lottery-protected first-round pick
Wiggins was phenomenal in the playoffs on both ends of the floor, but he is paid like a superstar. Is he good enough to be the second-best player on the Mavericks championship team? He was the fourth-leading scorer for the Warriors in the postseason, but his perimeter defense was massive, especially on Luka Doncic.
Dallas has to give up two key rotation pieces and a first-round pick to acquire Wiggins. That is a hefty price for a player that is best suited to play a role and not be a star.
Should Dallas Mavericks pass or pursue on a Tim Hardaway Jr. trade with Warriors? Pass
The cost is just a bit too much here. Dallas needs to protect their first-round picks until after the 2023 draft, so they have the ammunition to trade for a star player. Andrew Wiggins would be a fantastic fit next to Luka Doncic, but he is not an unquestioned star, despite being an All-Star last season.
Will the Dallas Mavericks trade Tim Hardaway Jr. before training camp? It would be a bit surprising, but they will likely revisit the market before the trade deadline. Stay tuned to see what general manager Nico Harrison and the Mavericks front office can pull off.