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Report: Mavericks call off deal to sign Devin Harris

Jul 12, 2013, 9:15 PM EDT

source: APThe Mavericks and Devin Harris had agreed upon a three-year deal in the neighborhood of $9 million that would return the guard to the team that traded him away in the deal that brought Jason Kidd to Dallas back in 2008.

An injury that Harris is dealing with that will now require surgery, however, has made both parties decide to call things off for now, though it’s possible that they may re-visit the situation in the furture.

From Marc Stein of ESPN.com:

The Dallas Mavericks have been forced to amend their plan to bring back former Mavericks stalwart Devin Harris after X-rays unexpectedly revealed that Harris has a dislocated toe on his left foot, according to sources close to the situation.

The Mavericks remain interested in signing Harris, sources said, but the parties have mutually agreed to shelve the three-year deal worth in excess of $9 million that Harris agreed to over the weekend and was poised to sign this week.

Sources told ESPN.com that Harris is now likely to have surgery on toe by month’s end to put him in line for a return to the court by the start of the NBA’s regular season.

This is the second guard the Mavs have technically lost due to injury. The team’s first round draft pick, Shane Larkin, suffered a broken ankle at a Summer League practice, and is expected to miss two-three months.

With the money they were going to spend on Harris, Dallas is expected to pursue free agent big man Samuel Dalembert, whom the team met with on Thursday.

Harris averaged 9.9 points and 3.4 assists in 24.5 minutes per game last season with the Atlanta Hawks. After learning of the injury news, the Mavericks agreed to a three-year deal with Monta Ellis.

  1. Kevin S. - Jul 12, 2013 at 10:23 PM

    Hey, remember when Mark Cuban made fun of Prokhorov for how he was spending under the new CBA? Yeah, way to hoard that cap space for Sam Dalembert and the homeless man’s Allen Iverson.

    • tonyc920 - Jul 14, 2013 at 11:53 AM

      A Iverson is a very good comparison. Try having a line up with 2 Iverson’s / Ellis and Jennings, Both are ball hogs and below average shooters. The Bucks were doomed.

  2. bramz720 - Jul 12, 2013 at 10:46 PM

    Cuban should’ve signed Mo Williams as well this off season. He too would have suffered an unfortunate and subtle last minute toe injury.

  3. mjeanfils - Jul 12, 2013 at 11:06 PM

    Good. Keep him here in Atlanta and sign Teague!

  4. 00maltliquor - Jul 12, 2013 at 11:15 PM

    Queue the song “Had a Bad Day”, but replace the “Day” with “off-season” and you got the 2013-14 Dallas Mavericks theme song.

  5. tibbs7 - Jul 13, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    If the injury to Devin Harris means you replace him with Monta Ellis how is that not an upgrade?

    We will see how his shooting percentage improves playing with a pass first point guard who can hit the 3 and getting open looks from the pick and roll with Dirk.

    • tonyc920 - Jul 14, 2013 at 11:50 AM

      Ellis = Selfish = Anger = Loser !

  6. tonyc920 - Jul 14, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    Helloooooo, Devin, remember where Wisconsin is ??? Milwaukee is calling !!! It’s someplace where your talents would actually be appreciated and needed.

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