Dallas Mavericks player that can be traded away on Dec. 15: 3. Tim Hardaway Jr.
Hardaway Jr. re-signed with the Mavs on a four-year deal worth $75 million this offseason, and the front office structured his contract so it decreases in value. The 6’5 wing took his game to another level playing under coach Rick Carlisle by improving his efficiency and thriving as that necessary third scorer.
THJ is off to a slow start this season. He is averaging 14.7 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.3 assists, and 1.0 steal in 32.2 minutes per game, but on just 38.5 percent shooting from the field. His 3-point percentage has dropped to 35.7 as well. The Mavs are still figuring out their spacing in coach Kidd’s system as Hardaway Jr. is shooting a career-worst 42.0 percent on 2-point field goals.
After starting the first 19 games, Kidd moved THJ into the sixth man role for the last three games. The change sparked a 32-point victory over the Pelicans on Dec. 1, and Hardaway Jr. put up 29 points, including 20 in the fourth, without Luka Doncic in the lineup on Saturday night.
The Dallas Mavericks are only going to entertain trading Tim Hardaway Jr. as part of a package for another star player. Expect him to remain on the roster because the team just does not have the pieces to make that deal a reality.