Quentin Grimes and Tim Hardaway Jr. are traded by the Dallas Mavericks to the Detroit Pistons

Quentin Grimes and Tim Hardaway Jr. are traded by the Dallas Mavericks to the Detroit Pistons

Shooting guard Quentin Grimes was acquired by the Dallas Mavericks from the Detroit Pistons in exchange for shooting guard Tim Hardaway Jr. and three second-round choices.

The last year of a four-year, $75 million contract, Hardaway, 32, is owed $16.2 million. In the last year of his rookie deal, Grimes, 24, is owed $4.3 million.

The Mavs are now in a position to utilize a portion of the $12.9 million nontaxpayer midlevel exception thanks to the deal. With Hardaway on its books, Dallas had been restricted to the $5.2 million taxpayer midlevel.

Derrick Jones Jr., the starting small forward for the Mavericks, was labeled last week by general manager Nico Harrison as the team’s “priority 1A and 1B” for the offseason. The team’s top perimeter defender, Jones, was on a veteran’s minimum deal during the previous campaign.

Hardaway, who mostly played as the Mavs’ sixth player, averaged 14.4 points per game during the previous campaign. But throughout the last stretch of the regular season and the postseason, his role was diminished. In four of the Mavs’ final eight games in the Western Conference and NBA Finals, he was not on the field due to a coach’s decision.

After Hardaway joined the Dallas Mavericks in January 2019 as a part of the Kristaps Porzingis trade, he stayed there for five and a half seasons. For the Mavs, he averaged 15.2 points per game.

In 168 career games, including 90 starts for the Knicks, Grimes has averaged 8.5 points. Grimes, who was acquired by the Pistons in the trade deadline deal that sent Bojan Bogdanovic and Alec Burks to New York, only appeared in six games for the team due to right knee pain.

 

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