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Devin Harris agrees to three-year deal with the Mavericks

Jul 7, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

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The Mavericks have targeted another player at the guard position, after already adding three of them to the roster this offseason.

From Tim MacMahon of ESPN Dallas:

The Dallas Mavericks and guard Devin Harris are close to finalizing a three-year deal worth in excess of $9 million, sources told ESPN.com’s Marc Stein.

The Mavs struck an agreement Saturday to bring Harris back to the team on which he began his career as the fifth pick overall in the 2004 NBA draft. The deal can’t be officially signed until Wednesday, when the league lifts its annual moratorium on free-agent signings and trades.

Harris was the key piece in the 2008 trade that brought Jason Kidd to Dallas, and has bounced around a bit since then playing for the Nets, the Jazz, and the Hawks. Last season in Atlanta, Harris averaged 9.9 points and 3.4 assists in 24.5 minutes per game.

The Mavericks agreed to terms with veteran point guard Jose Calderon earlier this week, as well as Israeli point guard Gal Mekel. Dallas also selected 5’11” point guard Shane Larkin with the 18th overall pick in this year’s draft.

All of these additions are necessary due to Dallas letting two of last season’s rotation players in the backcourt — O.J. Mayo and Darren Collison — leave in free agency. Mayo has agreed to a three-year deal with the Bucks, while Collison has agreed to join the Clippers.

  1. dondada10 - Jul 7, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    None of the contracts the Mavs are giving out are so bad that they can’t be traded a year from now. Still, I think they’re better off ensuring they’ll have cap space in 2014 after having struck out on Howard.

    • fanofevilempire - Jul 7, 2013 at 11:44 AM

      the Mavs and Cuban pooped in their shorts with free agents.

  2. patfic15 - Jul 7, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    Two things I think of when I see Devin Harris….the ridiculous hesitancy to trade him by Cuban early on and getting crossed over by that white dude on YouTube.

  3. bellerophon30 - Jul 7, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    That’s a lot of guards, wow. You can almost hear Dirk’s sigh, a very loud one.

    Shawn Marion, on the other hand, will get all the minutes he can choke on. You can almost hear his giggling.

  4. tigers182 - Jul 7, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    Do they know they have 4 point guards? Teams don’t need that many. That’s too many point guards.

    • remmsterr - Jul 7, 2013 at 12:32 PM

      No, they don’t. The Mavs currently have no PGs under contract and two that are signing on the 10th; Devin Harris and Jose Calderon.

      • jmgatskiejr - Jul 7, 2013 at 3:42 PM

        Pardon me sir, but please extinguish or pass the blunt and say no to the gin and juice when stewardess comes back around.
        Mekel and Larkin are 5’11 at best while McDevin and Jose are 6’3 saplings among the elms, oaks and redwoods they will share the court with.
        Three out of four are first and foremost points with Larkin the only possible exception. Once they signed Jose, who is still an upper level facilitator , for 4 years it opened up the door for them to use Larkin’s crazy athletic ability as a new order Vinnie Johnson type scorer off the bench.

    • sunlightpianist - Jul 7, 2013 at 1:43 PM

      Last season Devin Harris played half the time as SG and had good defensive statistics. It could work in combination with Calderon, who was league number 1 in 3-point-percentage last year and second in assist-turnover-ratio.

      A trade including Shane Larkin may be possible, but they need a back-up for Calderon with experience.

  5. drunkenjunk - Jul 7, 2013 at 12:18 PM

    Ugh, let the tanking begin.

  6. elcapitanfiscal - Jul 7, 2013 at 2:18 PM

    The year the Mavs missed on Lebron we got Chandler then beat the heat in the finals..

    I’m not saying the Mavs will do the same thing, but Cuban is not dumb..

    Especially if they get Bynum, they may possibly have a top center again.

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