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Hardaway Jr.’s Mavs Future? Dad Reveals Wishes

Hardaway Sr. seems to endorse Dallas’ recent management moves

DALLAS - Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has expressed to DallasBasketball.com his desire to retain NBA free agent Tim Hardaway. Hardaway himself, while he has options (the Miami Heat?) has expressed the same sentiment.

And if Tim’s dad gets a vote? Maybe this can be a done deal.

“I’d like my son to stay there,” Hardaway Sr. says. “I think it is a good fit for my son.”

The Mavericks and Hardaway do have choices to make. What if Dallas gets a shot at a big-fish free agent - bigger even than Tim, who has developed into a high-quality starter since coming to Dallas as part of the Kristaps Porzingis trade with the Knicks?

Hardaway Sr., speaking on the 1 Star Recruits podcast (hat-tip Fansided), who is himself a former Maverick and a five-time NBA All-Star, seems to endorse Dallas’ recent management moves.

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Hardaway Sr.’s endorsement of most Mavs things can be a sign of what his son will do. There are still many moving parts and options with the Mavericks and with Tim Hardaway Jr., too. But a thumbs-up from Tim Hardaway Sr. is a start.