Ranking Dallas Mavericks offseason moves: 2. Re-sign THJ
Tim Hardaway Jr. became an unrestricted free agent this offseason, and the Mavs had to bring him back. They were not going to be able to find a scorer, floor spacer, and shot creator of his ilk on the open market.
Hardaway Jr. agreed to sign a four-year $75 million deal to return to Dallas immediately after free agency opened. He broke out in Dallas as he improved his shooting efficiency, defense, and off the dribble game. The reunion was beneficial for both sides, so they quickly got a deal done.
Hardaway Jr. shines playing next to Luka Doncic, and now he can do that long-term. The duo will be looking to help the Mavericks take the next step in 2022. They have not won a playoff series since taking home the Larry O’Brien trophy in 2011, and goal number one is to change that.
The Mavs need Hardaway Jr. to be their third scorer and create shots when Luka is on the bench. The 6’5 wing is no stranger to get buckets, but Dallas needs a bit more when the second unit is on the floor. It was a massive move re-signing Tim Hardaway Jr., but it was not the Mavs biggest of the offseason.