As expected, the Mavericks have officially inked a deal with rookie PG Shane Larkin:
Per @MavsPR #Mavs have signed 18th overall pick @ShaneLarkin. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.— Dallas Mavericks (@dallasmavs) July 29, 2013
Though contract details were not released, Larkin is slated to make $1.28 million his first year under the rookie wage scale.
Larkin, the 18th pick of this year's draft out of Miami, becomes the Mavs' third point guard under contract, joining Jose Calderon and fellow rookie Gal Mekel. As has been reported previously, Larkin suffered a fractured ankle in a summer league practice. He had successful surgery on July 16 and is expected to miss about 3 months, Assuming his recovery goes according to schedule, Larkin should be back in time for all or part of training camp, and hopefully good to go for the start of the season at the end of October.
With Larkin's signing, Dallas has 13 players officially under contract. It is widely expected that Devin Harris will be the 14th: after agreeing to terms with the Mavs earlier this off-season but backing out of that deal due to a toe injury, the two sides have been said to be working on a restructured deal that would likely be for the veteran's minimum, considering the team's salary cap situation.
Harris would certainly be a nice option for Dallas to have regardless of Larkin's injury, since currently the other option behind the veteran Calderon is the rookie Mekel.