Thing Dallas Mavericks wish they could redo: 4. THJ contract
The Mavs signed Tim Hardaway Jr. to a four-year $75 million contract in the 2021 offseason. They missed out on their top target, Kyle Lowry, in free agency, but Dallas committed to re-signing the 6’5 wing after a strong season where he was the team’s second-leading scorer in the playoffs.
Fast forward one year, and the Mavericks reportedly shopped his contract at the trade deadline and this offseason. They could not find a taker as he just recovered from season-ending foot surgery. THJ missed the entire 2022 playoffs, but he should be ready for the start of training camp.
Dallas still owes him $53.7 million over the next three years. Hardaway Jr. is set to come off the bench this season, but he will need to play better than he did last year to rebuild his trade value. THJ struggled to find his place in new head coach Jason Kidd’s system, and he shot just 39.4 percent from the field over 42 games before suffering the injury.
The Dallas Mavericks would prefer to let Tim Hardaway Jr. walk and have the cap space at this point. The 30-year-old could change that this season by being an elite floor spacer, scoring 18 every night, and playing solid defense. None of that is out of the question if he makes a full recovery from his injury.