3 teams that would benefit from trading for Dallas Mavericks wing Tim Hardaway Jr.

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Dallas Mavericks wing Tim Hardaway Jr. is rumored to be available as the Feb. 9 trade deadline approaches. Chris Fedor talked about the Cavaliers' rumored interest on the Please Don’t Aggregate This podcast, but they are reportedly reluctant to take on his contract. THJ has two years at just over $34 million remaining on his current deal.

Hardaway Jr. is a microwave scorer that is going to keep shooting. He is a career 35.8 percent 3-point shooter that is the type of player that can hit seven in a game. THJ never hesitates to catch and shoot, and he could be a game-changing addition for any team that needs shooting.

What teams could benefit from trading for Tim Hardaway Jr. before the deadline? Here are three that make the most sense, including the Los Angeles Lakers.

Tim Hardaway Jr. trade would benefit the Cleveland Cavaliers

The Cavs need help on the wing. They would love to add a floor spacer that does not need to handle the ball or make plays. Cleveland has Donovan Mitchell and Darius Garland to run the offense. The Cavaliers just want some additional scoring punch and shot-making.

Caris LeVert is a below-average shooter that can be a secondary creator. The Mavericks need more ball-handling and playmaking, so a straight swap makes some sense for both sides.

Cleveland attempts 31.9 3-pointers per game, which ranks 21st in the NBA, and they are 12th in percentage at 36.3. Tim Hardaway Jr. would allow the Cavaliers to take a few more without impacting their percentage.

The Mavs reached the conference finals last season without THJ after his season-ending foot surgery, and they can go another run without him. The Cleveland Cavaliers are not the only team that should be interested in the 6’5 wing, and he might even be a better fit in Atlanta.

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