Ranking Dallas Mavericks contracts from bargain to nightmare

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1. Tim Hardaway Jr.

Tim Hardaway Jr. is the most puzzling player on the Dallas Mavericks, and his contract has been a nightmare over the last couple of seasons. Dallas has tried to move him several times, but they have never been able to get a deal done. Hardaway Jr. didn't even know if he'd be back with Dallas this year.

Hardaway is in year three of a four-year extension he signed with Dallas, and he makes an average of $18.75 million per year on this deal. That is not ideal money for a streaky sixth man who can't defend, and Hardaway Jr. is in the middle of the roughest stretch of his entire tenure with the Mavs.

Hardaway Jr. has averaged 9.3 points per game while shooting 31 percent from downtown in his last 10 games, and his minutes have decreased significantly. He went from being a key piece to someone who many Mavs fans want to be benched, and he will be even harder to trade this summer (if Dallas shops him) since he has been playing so poorly.

It helps that his contract expires after next season, but even then, he has to prove that he has some value. Shooting slumps don't last forever, but Hardaway Jr. is running out of time to get back on the right track.

For all the latest on Tim Hardaway Jr. and the Dallas Mavericks this season, stay tuned.