Yesterday, a new episode of newly acquired Texas Legends guard Theo Pinson's podcast, "Run Your Race," was released with Tim Hardaway Jr. as the guest. Pinson does a great job of scheduling great guests, and Hardaway Jr.'s episode was a must-watch.
While discussing the trade that brought Hardaway Jr. to the Dallas Mavericks, a funny story came to light.
Mavericks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. recalls crazy story, had 'no idea' he got traded
Hardaway Jr. revealed to Pinson he had just come out of the high-end department store, Barney's in New York City, when the driver of his car told him he was headed to Dallas. His driver let him know that he, along with Kristaps Porzingis and Courtney Lee, would be exchanged for Wesley Matthews, DeAndre Jordan, and Dennis Smith Jr.
This wouldn't be the first time Hardaway Jr. was traded from the New York Knicks. In 2015, the Knicks sent the former Michigan Wolverine to the Atlanta Hawks in exchange for former NBA guard, Jerian Grant.
Hardaway Jr. spent the next two seasons with Atlanta, before returning to New York in 2017 in free agency. The sharpshooting guard only spent a season and a half in the Big Apple before his driver broke the news that he'd be headed to the Mavericks.
In the NBA today, trades are a huge part of the game. And with how rampant social media is, some players find out from other sources before their current squad has time to break the news.
Fast forward to the present, and Hardaway Jr. still dons Mavericks blue despite numerous offseason trade rumors. Nevertheless, Hardaway Jr. remains a valuable part of the Dallas rotation due to his 3-point shooting ability.
Hardaway Jr. is expected to come off the bench this season, and Mavs head coach Jason Kidd hopes that he will embrace that role. Hardaway Jr. and Kidd still haven't had a one-on-one conversation about his role for this season, but that talk could likely come soon.
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