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

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Trading for Tim Hardaway Jr. would benefit the Atlanta Hawks

The Hawks are currently ninth in the Eastern Conference at 19-21, and they need a boost to jump into the top six and secure their postseason berth. Atlanta takes the fifth-fewest 3-pointers per game this season, and they shoot the fourth-lowest percentage. The Hawks struggle to space the floor around Trae Young and Dejounte Murray, and they need additional help on the wings.

Hardaway Jr. spent two seasons in Atlanta earlier in his career, and he had one of his best seasons with the Hawks. The 30-year-old is familiar with the team and the city, and there would be no complaints about going back.

The Hawks are in desperate need of a 3-point gunner that can provide space. Bogdan Bogdanovic and De’Andre Hunter are the only two players in their top seven most-played options that are shooting over 35 percent from 3-point range. Hardaway Jr. would currently be their fourth-leading scorer and have the fifth-highest 3-point percentage, despite his early season struggles that have corrected since he entered the starting five back on Nov. 27.

The Hawks and Cavaliers should not be the only two teams considering a Tim Hardaway Jr. trade. LeBron James wants the Lakers to improve their roster, and their biggest need is consistent 3-point shooting around the King.