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Report: Tim Hardaway Jr. returning to the Mavs on a four-year deal

Veteran guard Tim Hardaway Jr. signs four-year, $72 million contract with the Dallas Mavericks.

Dallas Mavericks forward Tim Hardaway Jr. (11) reacts after scoring during the first quarter against the LA Clippers during game six in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Veteran guard Tim Hardaway Jr. has signed a four-year, $72 million contract with the Dallas Mavericks in free agency, according to Shams Charania. Hardaway previously signed a four-year, $71 million contract with the New York Knicks, who shipped him to the Dallas Mavericks in 2019 as part of the blockbuster Kristaps Porzingis trade.

Hardaway has come a long way since being labeled as a “throw-in” in the aforementioned Porzingis deal, improving his shooting percentage each year since arriving to Dallas while also increasing his defensive win shares on the other end of the floor. He averaged 16.6 points on 44.7 percent shooting in 70 regular season games for the Mavs last year, a season highlighted by a career-high performance of 42 points against Detroit on Apr. 29. At 29, he’ll look to continue his ascent as a scoring threat and borderline All-Star talent. The Mavericks are building something around Luka Doncic with new head coach Jason Kidd and Hardaway is a good piece to have for Dallas.