In what seems like an annual tradition, the Dallas Mavericks and Devin Harris have agreed to a one year deal according to Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports. The deal will be for a veteran’s minimum, projected to be a shade under $2.4 million. This marks the third time since 2013 the Mavs and Harris have agreed upon a new contract, so this seemed destined to happen all along.
In February, Harris was part of a three team swap that ultimately allowed the 14-year veteran to finish the season fighting for a playoff berth with the Denver Nuggets and gave the Mavs a three-month trial with Doug McDermott. After the trade, Donnie Nelson gushed about Harris’ professionalism and leadership, mentioning he was cut from the same cloth as Dirk Nowitzki and Michael Finley. He essentially foreshadowed a potential return this offseason.
In 71 total games last season, Harris averaged 8.4 points, nearly two rebounds and two assists in 19 minutes per game. His stats haven’t jumped off the page in quite some time, but he was a key contributor to the Mavericks’ high-octane bench unit that posted a 19.4 net rating in 231 total minutes. Harris also owned the highest individual net rating on the team during his 44 games in Dallas.
Moving forward, Harris will plug into the vacant back-up shooting guard slot left open by Yogi Ferrell’s departure. Although he doesn’t possess the accuracy from deep that Ferrell does, Harris might prove to be more valuable due to his positional versatility. The Mavs can deploy him as a lead guard, combo guard, or even as an undersized small forward depending on how many ball handlers Rick Carlisle feels like using.
By trying to compete for the playoffs and integrate new additions like Luka Doncic and DeAndre Jordan, Harris’ familiarity and stability should be a welcomed addition. And there are few players more beloved in the Mavericks’ community than Harris.
Welcome back, Devin.