Per Dwain Price of mavs.com, Hardaway Jr. suffered a stress fracture. He won't play in the Mavs' remaining 11 games in the regular season. As of this writing, the Mavs have a 28-43 record for 14th place in the West. They're mathematically out of the playoff race.
Tim Hardaway Jr. is out for the remainder of the season with a stress fracture. @dallasmavs
— Dwain Price (@DwainPrice) March 22, 2019
Since being traded to the Mavs from the New York Knicks, the 27-year-old has averaged 15.5 points on 40 percent shooting in 19 games played and 17 starts. For the entire season, he's averaging 18.1 points per game on 39.3 percent shooting.
Last year, Hardaway Jr. also missed time due to the same stress injury in his leg. With a few games remaining, the Mavs will likely field the combination of Dorian Finney-Smith, Jalen Brunson, Justin Jackson, and Courtney Lee.
Analysts have doubts on Hardaway Jr.'s long term future with the Mavericks. For the next two seasons, he's due some $18 million per year — making him the most expensive player under contract.
This doesn't necessarily bode well for the Mavericks. Analysts have questioned his decision-making when he's on the court.
As such, he's a role player at best. But given his hefty contract, the Mavericks may either have to demand more from him or ship him away.