Mavericks Rumors: Tim Hardaway Jr. Contract 'Prioritized' by DAL in 2021 Free AgencyJuly 25, 2021
The Dallas Mavericks "have prioritized" signing veteran guard Tim Hardaway Jr. to a new contract this offseason, according to The Athletic's Shams Charania.
Hardaway averaged 16.6 points and shot 39.1 percent from beyond the arc in 2020-21. His 207 made three-pointers were the most on the team.
Following the end of the Mavericks season, Hardaway indicated he'd be open to a return to Dallas:
A few weeks later, team governor Mark Cuban also praised the 29-year-old but seemed to imply he alone won't solve the issues with the current roster:
But players with Hardaway's skill set can be invaluable on a team like the Mavs.
Luka Doncic is obviously going to have the ball in his hands a lot, and Dallas might look to get Kristaps Porzingis involved a bit more. McMahon reported on June 6 the Latvian big man "has been frustrated, often feeling more like an afterthought than a co-star as Doncic dominates the ball and the spotlight."
And that's before the Mavericks potentially land another scorer to supplement their two stars.
Hardaway has shot 38.6 percent on threes in a Dallas uniform, and more than half of his shot attempts (57.4 percent) have come from long range. Cuban's assessment was on the money, as the 6'5" sharpshooter hit 40.7 percent of his catch-and-shoot jumpers last season, per NBA.com.
Perhaps he's looking to have a bigger role elsewhere. Should Hardaway re-sign with Dallas, though, he'd presumably be content to play off Doncic and remain in an off-ball scoring role. That's not something the Mavs should take for granted.