Free agency is pretty complicated for Dallas right now, with the franchise lagging behind a bit. In order to improve the roster, the leaders have therefore taken the decision to sign a new nugget in the long term. To see what Luka Doncic will think about it.
Conference finalists in 2021-22, the Mavs are currently experiencing halfway free agency. on the one hand, the leaders were able to significantly strengthen the racket, with the arrivals of Christian Wood and Javale McGee. On the other hand, however, the real stars are still waiting… And to make matters worse, it is a major part of the workforce that has set sail, Jalen Brunson having decided to join the Knicks.
A blow for the Texans, the point guard being a fan favorite as well as a reliable lieutenant of Luka Doncic. However, the front office may have already found its successor, in the person of Jaden Hardy. Drafted in the second round a few days ago, the player will indeed have the right to a long-term contract, which is rare for such a profile. It must be said that the franchise has done what is necessary to make it happen, as revealed by insider Marc Stein:
Jaden Hardy, new nugget from Dallas
The Mavericks will sign Jaden Hardy, their No. 37 draft pick, to a multi-year deal this week, league sources say.
Sources say Dallas withheld a portion of its taxpayer mid-level exception in coming to terms with JaVale McGee to ensure he could sign Hardy to a long-term deal.
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) July 5, 2022
The Mavericks will sign Jaden Hardy, the 37th overall pick in the 2022 Draft, to a multi-year contract this week, league sources say. Sources say Dallas withheld part of their mid-level exception by reaching a deal with JaVale McGee to ensure Hardy could sign a long-term contract.
Like more and more players, the guard had an unconventional start to his career as he was chosen out of the G League. He was shooting over 17 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and an average interception. Nice stats unfortunately tainted by a dramatic marksmanship (35% including 27% from afar), a defect that will imperatively have to be corrected as soon as possible. On the side of GM Nico Harrison, however, we are very optimistic, as he explained to Sports Illustrated :
He’s a young boy, he played for the G League Ignite, and he can really score. He’s got a lot of talent, he’s still raw – he’s young, so it’s going to take time. He was selected in the second round, but he can really score points at a high level. We had expected it much higher than in 37th position. Yes, we were surprised. We were really shocked that he kept falling towards us.
With Jalen Brunson no longer there, could Jaden Hardy be his successor? That’s all the good we can wish him. Like his eldest, the boy comes out of the second round of the draft and is quite underestimated. Luka Doncic would in any case not say no to such a reinforcement.