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Dallas Mavericks Trade Tim Hardaway Jr. to Detroit Pistons for Quentin Grimes

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The Dallas Mavericks have made a significant move in their backcourt, trading veteran shooting guard Tim Hardaway Jr. to the Detroit Pistons in exchange for Quentin Grimes. This trade, reported by Adrian Wojnarowski, also involves the Mavericks sending three second-round draft picks to the Pistons.

With this trade, the Mavericks gain financial flexibility, allowing them to potentially use a significant portion of the $12.9 million nontaxpayer midlevel exception to re-sign Derrick Jones Jr. Nico Harrison, the Mavericks’ GM, has highlighted Jones’ re-signing as a top priority for the team.

Quentin Grimes, who signed a four-year, $11.1 million contract with the New York Knicks in 2021, is set to enter the final year of his deal and will earn $4.2 million next season. On the other hand, Tim Hardaway Jr., who signed a four-year, $75 million contract with the Mavericks in 2021, will earn $16.1 million with the Pistons in the upcoming season as he becomes an unrestricted free agent next summer.

Grimes, 24, split his last season between the Knicks and the Pistons after being part of a trade involving Bojan Bogdanovic. He appeared in a total of 51 games between the two teams, showcasing his potential with an average of 7.0 points per game.

Meanwhile, Tim Hardaway Jr., at 32 years old, saw a decrease in playing time towards the end of the Mavericks’ season that led them to the NBA Finals. He had a productive regular season and playoff run, averaging 14.4 points per game during the regular season and making contributions in 14 playoff games.

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