3 Mavericks Playing Their Final Season in Dallas

Regardless of how the Dallas Mavericks finish the current NBA season, don't be surprised if these three players don't return for the 2024-25 campaign.

Tim Hardaway Jr. is one of three Mavericks potentially playing their final season in Dallas.
Tim Hardaway Jr. is one of three Mavericks potentially playing their final season in Dallas. / Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
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The Dallas Mavericks head into the 2024 NBA All-Star Break as one of the hottest teams in the league. They head into the pause on a six-game winning streak, which helped improve their record to 32-23 — good enough for seventh place in the Western Conference and just four games back of a top-four playoff spot.

But just because the Mavs are firing on all cylinders doesn't mean everyone is guaranteed to return next season. Between trades and free agency, a lot can change throughout an NBA offseason. While someone like Luka Doncic is a lock to be around for the foreseeable future, others are playing for their jobs between now and the playoffs.

Keeping that in mind, here are three Mavericks who are likely playing their final campaign in Big D.

1. Tim Hardaway Jr.

There was a time when Mavericks fans weren't even sure if Tim Hardaway Jr. would be with the organization this season. After all, the veteran wing player was involved in a plethora of offseason trade rumors, however, nothing ever came to fruition.

After surviving a trip around the rumor mill, Hardaway has been a solid contributor in his sixth year with the Mavericks. He's averaging 17.3 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 1.7 assists while putting up a career-high 3.2 threes made on 36.5% shooting per game. Considering the lack of scoring depth beyond Doncic and Kyrie Irving, Hardaway's contributions have been more than appreciated.

But even then, it wouldn't be shocking if the former Michigan Wolverine is moved this offseason. Hardaway is still under contract in 2024-25 at just over $16.1 million, which is the type of cap hit the Mavericks can use to help acquire a third star to play alongside Doncic and Irving. The fact that there's only one year left on his deal could be a selling point to suitors who don't want to commit to an aging 31-year-old.

Fans will always appreciate Hardaway's time with the team, but I'm sure they wouldn't mind losing him if it meant adding a better player this summer.