Will Devin Harris return to Dallas next season?
By James Gwatkin
At the trade deadline last season, fan favorite Devin Harris was traded to the Denver Nuggets in a three-way deal with the New York Knicks. Dallas acquired Doug McDermott in the deal which has proven to be a nice addition to the team, but could Harris reunite with Dallas next season?
Harris still has a house in Dallas, and when asked by The Dallas Morning News about coming back to the Mavericks Harris replied, “We’ll see.” In Harris’ 13th season in the NBA, he provided veteran leadership off the bench for the Mavericks in 44 games before being traded to Denver.
Averaging nearly nine points, two rebounds and two assists in 18 minutes per game, Harris and J.J. Barea created a formidable duo coming off the bench. In fact, the two were one of the better plus/minus units in the league. Barea and Harris’ back-door cut and passing created a bright spark in an otherwise forgettable season for Dallas.
After being traded to the Denver Nuggets, Harris played 27 games for Denver averaging 8.2 points, two rebounds and 2.5 assists a night while shooting 40 percent from the field..
Harris is going into the summer as an unrestricted free agent, after playing his final year of a four-year, $16.5 million contact signed with Dallas in 2014.
Looking into the future
Harris’ return to Dallas would likely be welcomed with open arms to Mavs fans everywhere because of the energy he brings into every game. Harris provided a spark off the bench for a Dallas team where the bench produced more than the starters on some occasions. The unit of Barea, Harris, Yogi Ferrell, Dirk Nowitzki and Dwight Powell totaled a plus/minus of 108, good for the ninth best lineup in the league.
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At 35 years old Harris is in the tail end of his career, and as a Mavericks’ fan favorite seeing him finish his career in Dallas would be the perfect end to a solid career.