NBA rumors: Mavericks expected to re-sign Tim Hardaway Jr. early in free agency

Marc Stein: Dallas, I’m told, is expected to reach agreement to re-sign Tim Hardaway Jr. early in free agency. Hardaway and Boban Marjanovic are two Mavs free agents they were determined to retain and sources say they will. 30-ish minutes ’til the bell rings. More: marcstein.substack.com/p/free-agency-…

More on Boban Marjanovic Free Agency

Rival teams interested in Bobby Portis are highly pessimistic that they can pry Portis away from Milwaukee, despite the Bucks’ financial constraints in trying to keep him, and Dallas is even more of a lock to re-sign Doncic’s close friend Boban Marjanovic. Beyond the extension for Doncic, retaining Marjanovic is the one certainty about the Mavericks’ offseason that has already seen them move away from a planned pursuit of Lowry.
Marc Stein: Extreme confidence in Dallas that they will re-sign popular center Boban Marjanovic, league sources say. More free agency from me all week via marcstein.substack.com
Boban Marjanovic moved from the LA Clippers to the Philadelphia 76ers during this season and the Serbian big man liked his new environment. The 30-year-old center believes he will almost certainly stay in Philly: “The league is still played and according to NBA rules, nothing can be said before July 1. On July 1, the first on the line are the main player’s negotiations and then, from July 3, it’s time for the rest of us. I don’t know what will happen… I should, almost 90 percent, stay in Philadelphia but that’s not known yet, just speculation. It was nice for me there, so why not”, he said, per Zurnal.
Boban Marjanovic finished his fourth NBA season in a tough way with the loss to Toronto Raptors, though he’s already looking forward to the next one with the Sixers. “It’s hard to think about everything after last night. I really want to be here, I have gained great experience, I enjoy, I love the city and I feel every day that I spend here as a blessing, a great thing” 30-year-old Marjanovic replied to the press about his status after the 2018/19 season, as adapted by mondo.rs.
“We wanted to add more size at that spot but not give up athleticism, not give up shooting, and Jon Leuer was really the only guy out there that we thought fit everything that we wanted in that spot. Shot 38 percent from three, 6-foot-11. He’s a very good athlete with great quickness. He’s a guy we had our eye on for a couple of years and we just thought would be a really good fit to what we wanted.” The Pistons had just enough cap space left after addressing those two critical needs to entertain what Van Gundy called “an outside-the-box move” – the offer sheet to San Antonio’s Marjanovic as a restricted free agent. They correctly gauged that San Antonio, after coming to terms with Pau Gasol, wouldn’t have enough cap space left to match their offer to Marjanovic.
Zach Lowe: Spurs have extended a qualifying offer to Boban Marjanovic, making him a restricted free agent (for now).
One of the more interesting decisions this summer for the Spurs will be on Boban Marjanovic, the 7’3” center and NBA cult hero. He is a restricted free agent, he is going to get a healthy raise from the $1.2 million he made this season, but how much will teams pay for a quality big whose role may not fit smoothly in a small-ball league (he can play in some rotations but not all). The Spurs would like to keep him, but if another team comes in over the top they may fold that hand.
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