Case for the Dallas Mavericks trading Tim Hardaway Jr. away this offseason
The Mavs want to acquire a second star to pair with Luka Doncic this summer, but they do not have the cap space to do so. Dallas would need to trade for someone and likely match salary going the other way. They traded Kristaps Porzingis at the deadline to split his max contract into two medium-sized deals that would be more tradeable.
Dealing two of Hardaway Jr., Spencer Dinwiddie, and Davis Bertans is the easiest path for Dallas to acquire a player making north of $35 million. They would need to incentivize the other team by adding draft picks, but it is the road map to a deal. If the Mavericks can acquire another All-Star, they should be willing to trade away Hardaway Jr.
Dallas could also look to split THJ’s contract into two rotation pieces. The Mavs need wing depth and a center upgrade. Could they deal Hardaway Jr. and a first-round pick for both pieces? It would be an avenue general manager and president of basketball operations Nico Harrison would have to, at the very least, entertain.
Wings that can score and space the floor will always have some value in the market, so should the Dallas Mavericks trade him this offseason?