According to Marc Stein, the Mavs and Devin Harris have "mutually" agreed to scrap their deal because Devin Harris needs surgery for a toe injury. Harris, widely seen as a steal at 3 years, $9 million, was likely to start at the 2 before the signing of Monta Ellis and now, presumably, is an unrestricted free agent again.
ESPN sources: Toe injury forces Mavs to shelve plan to re-sign fan favorite Devin Harris. Sides mutually agree to scrap three-year, $9M deal— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 12, 2013
Mavs' deal w/Monta Ellis and Devin Harris audible means Dallas still has wiggle room to sign big man. Samuel Dalembert is their top target— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 12, 2013
Story going online now: Mavs remain interested in signing Harris but surgery required expected to keep Harris out until start of reg. season— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 12, 2013
This move probably also clears cap space for the Mavs to sign Ellis AND Dalembert, so it certainly feels like there's another shoe out there of some kind waiting to drop. Especially if this is "mutual". According to Stein, the Mavs remain interested in signing Harris, but since they're not likely to get a better deal, it's unclear why the two parties would change their plans.
UPDATE: The other news of the evening revolves around Mavericks first-round draft pick Shane Larkin, who reportedly broke his ankle in a summer league practice. The combination of these two injuries seem to shed some light on what seemed like, at first, a strange signing of Monta Ellis to an already congested Mavericks backcourt.
Shane Larkin, the Dallas Mavericks' 1st-round pick, broke his ankle in summer league practice, sources told Y! Could be out 2-3 months.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 12, 2013