He’s back. The Mavericks announced Wednesday morning that Harris re-signed with the team. Reports surfaced last month that Devin Harris planned to rejoin the Dallas Mavericks so it was only a matter of time before the two sides tied the knot again for the third time. Now, it’s official.
Thanks to those previous reports, we know that Harris is joining the Mavericks on a one-year, veteran’s minimum deal worth $2.4 million. After the signings Harris, Salah Mejri, and Ryan Broekhoff, the Mavericks are over the cap limit. They were able to sign over the cap because each of these players signed for the minimum exception.
The Mavericks were able to sign Harris after waiving center Chinanu Onuaku, who they acquired in a trade with the Houston Rockets. Dallas now has 18 guaranteed contracts on its roster.
Last season, Harris appeared in 44 games for the Mavs, averaging 8.5 points, 1.9 rebounds, and 1.9 assists. He also shot 41.5 percent from the floor and 35.2 percent from deep with the team before being traded.
On February 8, Dallas traded Harris to the Denver Nuggets as part of a three-team trade that sent Doug McDermott from the New York Knicks to Dallas, Emmanuel Mudiay from Denver to New York, a 2018 second-round pick from the Knicks to the Nuggets, and a 2018 second-round pick from the Nuggets to the Mavericks.
Dallas eventually turned the second round draft pick they received from Denver into Ray Spalding and Kostas Antetokounmpo after a draft-night trade with the Philadelphia 76ers.
The 35-year-old Harris became a staple of Rick Carlisle’s second units when he returned to Dallas in 2013. His versatility and ball handling—not to mention his basketball IQ—allowed Carlisle to insert him into multiple positions and lineups. While mostly playing shooting guard, Harris also found himself in the small forward role at times as Carlisle employed a three-guard lineup.
It’s likely that Harris’ role with the Mavs will remain similar next season. As always, he’ll be on the floor with J.J. Barea. However, instead of playing alongside Yogi Ferrell in the backcourt—who departed for Sacramento—he’ll likely see time with Jalen Brunson.
It was never a question of if the Mavericks will re-sign Harris, it was just a matter of when. General Manager Donnie Nelson made that apparent at a press conference after the February 8 trade. Now, he’s back. Let’s hope he’s rested after his Denver vacation.