On a radio show, Tim Hardaway Jr’s father asserted that his son was who the Dallas Mavericks wanted to trade for; not Kristaps Porzingis. The 5-time All-Star says that the Mavericks called to inquire about Hardaway Jr. and ‘threw in’ Porzingis because of the demands he was making.
The conversation came up when the host mentioned the 2019 trade which brought Porzingis and Hardaway Jr. to Dallas. Apparently, Hardaway Sr. claimed that no one else truly knows what happened.
He had this to say on the show:
Now, everybody is saying that Tim Hardaway Jr. was a throw-in. No, Porzingis was a throw-in. Because they (the Mavs) called for Tim Hardaway Jr., and they were going to make a deal for Tim Hardaway Jr., and it so happened that the Knicks didn’t want Porzingis anymore because of what he demanded. So, when people say Tim Hardaway Jr. was a throw-in, that pisses me off because nobody knows what really happened.Tim Hardaway Sr.
Hardaway Sr. ended by saying that Mark Cuban would never admit that the primary target of the trade was his son. He was initially considered a salary dump that Dallas took on as a cost of acquiring the Latvian All-star. However, it seems to be getting more likely that there was some truth to Hardaway Sr’s words. Earlier in the season, the Mavericks gauged the trade market for Porzingis. This move comes within two years of trading for him, asking the question of whether he was truly a part of their long-term plans.
Tim Hardaway Jr has been a key player for the Mavericks in their series against the Clippers, averaging 18 points a game.