RUMOR: Tim Hardaway Jr’s future with Mavs ahead of free agency, revealed
While the Dallas Mavericks are focused on making a deep playoff run currently, they’re also looking ahead to free agency this summer. One of the key players they’ll be looking to retain is Mavs guard Tim Hardaway Jr, who has been key to their success in the first two games against the Los Angeles Clippers.
According to Marc Stein of the New York Times, Dallas is very confident they will be able to convince Hardaway Jr to stay in a Mavs uniform:
There is confidence within the Mavericks' organization in their ability to re-sign Tim Hardaway Jr. in free agency this summer, league sources say.
Hardaway has been huge in Dallas' seizing a 2-0 lead over the Clippers with two road wins: 24.5 PPG and 11-for-17 shooting on 3s.
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) May 27, 2021
As you can see, he’s been dominant in the Dallas backcourt beside Luka Doncic in the opening round of the playoffs so far. Hardaway’s 24.5 points per night are substantially higher than his season average of 16.6.
Tim Hardaway Jr came over to the Mavs in the Kristaps Porzingis trade in the middle of the 2018/19 season and has been a staple in the rotation ever since. He’s shot 40% from three-point land across the last two campaigns for Dallas and has been one of the key contributors alongside Doncic and Porzingis.
He’s currently in the final season of a four-year, $71 million deal that he inked with the Knicks back in 2017. While Hardaway Jr will likely get a hefty payday anyway, if he continues to play at such a high level in the postseason, the 29-year-old could be rewarded even more by the Mavs.