Guard Tim Hardaway Jr. is opting in at $19 million for the final year of his contract with the Dallas Mavericks, while center Willie Cauley-Stein is moving on after declining his $2.3 million option.
A person with knowledge of the decisions confirmed both moves to The Associated Press on Thursday on the condition of anonymity because no announcements were planned. Cauley-Stein becomes an unrestricted free agent.
Hardaway shot a career-best 40% from 3-point range playing alongside 21-year-old sensation Luka Doncic as the Mavericks reached the playoffs for the first time in four years, losing to the Los Angeles Clippers in the first round.
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After coming over from New York in a trade along with headliner Kristaps Porzingis in February 2019, Hardaway averaged 19.3 points per game while becoming a full-time starter 14 games into his first full season with Dallas.
The 28-year-old Hardaway figures to keep that starting role with rookie first-round pick Josh Green of Arizona probably backing him up. It will be the final year of a $71 million, four-year contract Hardaway signed with the Knicks in 2017.
Cauley-Stein's impact was minimal after the Mavericks acquired him from Golden State about a month and a half before the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the NBA season last March. He played 13 games, then opted out of the restart in Florida because of the impending birth of his daughter.
The 27-year-old Cauley-Stein averaged 5.2 points and 4.6 rebounds for the Mavericks. His career averages in five seasons are 9.6 points and 6.3 rebounds.