The injury marks the second stress injury in his left leg in two seasons, has Hardaway missed time last year with the Knicks with a similar injury.
“It’s a situation that needs to be handled now,” Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said, via the Dallas Morning News. “The plan is basically to shut him down for the year. He will not play any more this year. I know that we’ve done a lot of testing and we’re in the process of doing a little more testing in the leg. Next week there will be more of a determination on course of action. But really like him as a player. He fits what we’re building here for the future. And the important thing is his health right now.”
Hardaway has averaged 15.5 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 19 games for the Mavericks this season since he was traded from the New York Knicks along with Kristaps Porzingis. He was leading the Knicks with 19.1 points per game before the blockbuster trade went down.
The Mavericks have 11 games left in the regular season, and boast just a 28-43 record — the second-worst in the Western Conference. While not having Hardaway for the rest of the year certainly won’t make things easier for Dallas, the Mavericks are already well out of the playoff race.
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