Mavericks make blockbuster trade for up-and-coming Pistons guard

Dallas Mavericks, Tim Hardaway Jr.
Dallas Mavericks, Tim Hardaway Jr. / Sam Hodde/GettyImages

The NBA offseason is in full swing and the Dallas Mavericks are not feeling any sense of complacency after making it to the NBA Finals. The Mavs have been rumored and reported to various situations, teams, and players this summer.

The first and most authentic report about the Mavericks offseason came quickly after the season ended. Rumors about Tim Hardaway Jr. confirmed the role frustrations he endured throughout the playoffs and in the Finals.

It's no secret the Mavs have tried for the last few seasons to trade Hardaway Jr., but after his recent play this season it was clear a move had to be made.

Mavericks trade Tim Hardaway Jr. to Pistons for Quentin Grimes

The Mavs traded three second-round picks to get off of Hardaway Jr.'s contract and to get a capable young guard; Quentin Grimes who has tons of potential. Grimes tweeted Thursday afternoon indicating some excitement, and Dallas fans speculated the rumors of his arrival could be true.

Grimes averaged 7.0 points and shot 34 percent from three, his defensive capability and the confidence Jason Kidd has in himself and his coaching staff to develop solid 3-and-D players could make Grimes a valuable player down the road. There are glaring similarities to Grimes and Mavs' guard Josh Green.

This trade is the first domino for the Mavericks plans this offseason. As stated before this gets Hardaway Jr.'s contract off the books for the Mavs and with Grimes making $4 million should give the Mavs access to their full MLE and more cap space entirely.

As Nico Harrison stated earlier this summer, Derrick Jones Jr. is priority 1A and 1B, so it's not a surprise to fans when ESPN's Tim McMahon reported Dallas could give a big chunk of the nontaxpayer-midlevel exception to Derrick Jones Jr.

The entire basketball world saw how big of a piece Derrick Jones Jr. was for this Mavericks team the whole season. Signing him will be the second domino to fall this offseason.

The NBA offseason is just starting, and we're already seeing multiple extensions and trades. With free agency coming within the next few weeks we'll see what the Mavericks' front office has planned. For more updates on the Dallas Mavericks please stay tuned.