10 players Mavericks might replace Tim Hardaway Jr. with by the trade deadline

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2. Killian Hayes

Killian Hayes is nowhere near the level of player that everyone else on this list is, but his previous inclusion in the Mavs and Pistons trade talks is enough to put him on this list.

Hayes had the best season of his career last season, as he averaged 10.3 points, 6.2 assists, and 1.4 steals per game. He started in 56 games for Detroit, and his ability to facilitate and defend could be intriguing for Dallas.

If Dallas were to trade for Hayes, it would likely be because they were landing Bojan Bogdanovic as well, but Hayes would be an intriguing asset too. He is only 22 years old and would be a good rotation piece now while also being someone Dallas can develop for the future.

The talent for Hayes is there, but the problem is staying consistent. He has all the tools to be a reliable backup point guard in the NBA, and if he can improve his efficiency, he will be the prototype of what the Mavs want their leader of the second unit to look like.

Hayes had eight games in which he scored over 20 points last season, and in five of those games, he dished out at least seven assists. Dallas would be a good spot for him, but waiting for him to develop isn't something that the Mavs would be too thrilled about.