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Devin Harris Returning To Dallas Mavericks

Dirk Nowitzki won’t be the only player re-signing with the Dallas Mavericks. According to reports the team and Devin Harris are close to finalizing a three-year deal worth an estimated $9+ million.

The Mavericks and Harris could structure the deal so that the team would have ample cap flexibility this offseason.

Harris’s return was expected when free agency began and the departure of Jose Calderon, but with some larger than expected deals, there were concerns that the price tag to bring back the guard would be too high. 

Harris, 31, endured a frustrating season. He averaged 7.9 points and 4.5 assists, but shot an abysmal 37.8% from the field. He would play in only 40 games due to offseason toe surgery.

He would regain his form during the Mavs first round playoff series against the Spurs. He averaged 11.4 points, 3.9 assists, and shot a 47% from the field and 44% from three.

Last season, Harris originally inked a three-year, $9 million deal last year, but it would become nullified due to a physical revealing the toe injury. He and the team would later agree to a one year minimum deal.

Harris now joins new Maverick Raymond Felton and Gal Mekel as the only point guards on the roster. The original feel was Harris would start if this current group was still intact when the season begins, but that may not be the case.

The team has been rumored to be interested in Sacramento Kings restricted point guard Isaiah Thomas, but that may be unlikely if the Mavs aren’t able to move Felton. Harris originally began his career in Dallas. His draft rights were acquired along with Jerry Stackhouse in a trade with the Washington Wizards during the 2004 offseason.

The fifth overall selection would eventually be traded to the New Jersey Nets for Jason Kidd during the 2007-2008 season. He’s averaged 12.5 points, 4.8 assists, and 1.1 steals during his ten-year career.He’s played for theMavs, Nets, Utah Jazz and Atlanta Hawks during the span.  

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