The Dallas Mavericks have traded Devin Harris. In a surprise deal an hour before the trade deadline Thursday, the Mavericks traded the veteran guard to the Denver Nuggets as part of a three-way deal, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. As part of the deal, Dallas will receive Doug McDermott from the the New York Knicks.
The Mavs will also get a second round pick from the Nuggets, according to Yahoo!’s Shams Charania.
This season, Harris was a valuable contributor off the bench for the Mavericks. He, alongside J.J. Barea and Yogi Ferrell, made up a potent three-guard punch off the bench for the Mavs’ second unit that Warriors coach Steve Kerr referred to as the “Energizer Bunny Unit.”
Harris was in the fifth season of his second stint with the Mavericks and posted averages of 8.5 points, 1.9 rebounds, and 1.9 assists in 18.3 minutes per games. He was also shooting 41.5 percent from the floor and 35.2 percent from behind the arc.
The 26-year-old McDermott has appeared in 55 games for the Knicks this season. In just over 21 minutes per game, he’s averaging 7.2 points and 2.4 rebounds while shooting 46 percent on field goals and 38.7 percent on 3-pointers off the bench.
McDermott is a wing so his addition goes towards solving the Mavericks’ depth issues around the perimeter. Before this trade, the team was essentially made up of guards and centers.
While McDermott’s numbers may not stand out as special, it should be noted that he has a relationship with Harrison Barnes. The two played high school basketball together in Iowa.
McDermott becomes a free agent this summer.
The Mavs needed to do something to address their shortcomings at small forward, and this looks to be a move to do just that. It’s not a major deal, but it should shore up their depth as the season winds down.
Harris, who is a fantastic locker room presence, will be missed.