Mavs bring back Devin Harris

Mavs bring back Devin Harris

Postby JSM on Sun Jul 07, 2013 11:49 am

Tim MacMahon of ESPN wrote:The Dallas Mavericks and guard Devin Harris are close to finalizing a three-year deal worth in excess of $9 million, sources told ESPN.com's Marc Stein.

The Mavs struck an agreement Saturday to bring Harris back to the team on which he began his career as the fifth pick overall in the 2004 NBA draft. The deal can't be officially signed until Wednesday, when the league lifts its annual moratorium on free-agent signings and trades.

Harris, 30, averaged 9.9 points and 3.4 assists as a part-time starter last season for the Atlanta Hawks, the third team he has played for since the Mavs made him the centerpiece of a package to acquire Jason Kidd in a blockbuster deal before the 2008 trade deadline.

The Mavs have landed two veteran point guards in the past 24 hours.

Jose Calderon, who agreed to a four-year, $29 million deal Friday night, is the projected starter at point guard. Calderon's perimeter shooting and the 6-foot-3, 192-pound Harris' ability to defend shooting guards make them a potentially compatible backcourt pair.

Harris played the first three-and-a-half seasons of his career in Dallas. The Mavs inquired about him in trade discussions with the New Jersey Nets in 2010 before he was dealt to the Utah Jazz.

The Mavs, cautiously pursuing injury-riddled center Andrew Bynum, have approximately $8 million in salary-cap space remaining, although they could create more in a variety of ways.

Sources said the Mavericks and the Golden State Warriors also are the leading suitors for center Jermaine O'Neal.
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Re: Mavs bring back Devin Harris

Postby abeer3 on Sun Jul 07, 2013 3:36 pm

3 per seems like a bargain for harris, imo. I figured he'd go full mle somewhere.
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Re: Mavs bring back Devin Harris

Postby therealdeal on Mon Jul 08, 2013 9:27 am

^ Really? He was pretty awful in Atlanta. I wouldn't have given him 3 years.
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Re: Mavs bring back Devin Harris

Postby abeer3 on Mon Jul 08, 2013 9:53 am

by what measure? PER was on league average, and his on/off stats were pretty good. put it this way, dwight howard was partly recruited away from the lakers by a guy (chandler parsons) who was, statistically, worth less last year.

this guy agrees:

http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2013/7/8/45 ... gency-2013

After getting Jose Calderon to agree to a four-year, $28 million contract, the Mavericks moved quickly to bring back Devin Harris, handing him a reported three-year, $9 million deal.

Some may wonder why the Mavericks are loading up on point guards after drafting Shane Larkin, but Harris isn't really a point guard in the classic sense anymore. As such, this is great value for him, and I'm surprised another team didn't offer him more than what he got.


Harris is really a combo guard who plays more like a 2 at this point in his career. He split time at both positions in his year with the Hawks, often starting with Jeff Teague, subbing out early in the first quarter and then quarterbacking the second unit early in the second. He got a little lost in the shuffle early in the season, but became a very important role player once Lou Williams suffered a torn ACL in January. His assist percentage was down last year, but his effective field goal percentage was a career high and his true shooting percentage was his best mark since 2007-08. In other words: he's evolving as a player and is no longer occupying the same role he did in his first stint in Dallas.

At this point, Harris is usually playing with another ball-handler anyway. To put things in perspective: almost exactly half of his minutes this season (710 out of 1,421) came with Jeff Teague in the game. Harris also played another 294 minutes with Williams, and none of Atlanta's top 250 lineup trios featured Harris, Teague and Williams. That means that we're only talking about 417 of Harris' minutes, or just under 30 percent, coming when he's the only ball-handler. This idea of him being a point guard like Calderon is a point guard is obsolete.

And in this role, Harris thrived last year. The Hawks were a whopping 7.3 points better per 100 possessions with Harris in and 2.7 points worse per 100 possessions with him out. Most of that impact came defensively; the Hawks surrendered 97.9 points per 100 possessions when Harris played and 104.1 points per 100 possessions when he sat. The Harris-Teague pairing was particularly effective, as Atlanta outscored opponents by 10.4 points per 100 possessions when the two shared the court.

These numbers may seem like a fluke, to be fair. However, they are especially meaningful to the Mavericks because Calderon-Harris lineups will offer a similar dynamic. In particular, Calderon is a defensive sieve and will probably need to be hidden on the opponent's worst perimeter player. Harris can serve as the yin to his yang while also relieving him on the team's second unit until Larkin is ready for more minutes.

All this makes me wonder why Harris is going to make less than half as much as Jarrett Jack next season. They're the same age, and while Jack is a much better scorer, Harris is a much, much better defender. I think Dallas is getting a real bargain here.

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Re: Mavs bring back Devin Harris

Postby therealdeal on Mon Jul 08, 2013 10:42 am

By his own court production. I understand that past the numbers he looked alright, but the numbers still need to be addressed. Not to mention that a lot of the time he was brought off the bench, stepping in to the starters role occasionally and often due to injuries.

I just wouldn't have given him 3 years, that's all. Too much guaranteed to a guy that didn't prove consistently that he was starting material.
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Re: Mavs bring back Devin Harris

Postby Weezy on Tue Jul 09, 2013 1:38 pm

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We worked all summer to get DH to Dallas. Welcome back to the Mavs, Devin Harris....
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Re: Mavs bring back Devin Harris

Postby therealdeal on Tue Jul 09, 2013 1:43 pm

Weezy wrote:
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We worked all summer to get DH to Dallas. Welcome back to the Mavs, Devin Harris....

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Re: Mavs bring back Devin Harris

Postby JSM on Fri Jul 12, 2013 8:12 pm

Marc Stein of ESPN wrote:The Dallas Mavericks have been forced to amend their plan to bring back former Mavericks stalwart Devin Harris after X-rays unexpectedly revealed that Harris has a dislocated toe on his left foot, according to sources close to the situation.

The Mavericks remain interested in signing Harris, sources said, but the parties have mutually agreed to shelve the three-year deal worth in excess of $9 million that Harris agreed to over the weekend and was poised to sign this week.

Sources told ESPN.com that Harris is now likely to have surgery on the toe by month's end to put him in line for a return to the court by the start of the NBA's regular season.

Upon learning of Harris' need for surgery, Dallas reached terms Friday on a three-year deal worth at least $25 million to sign Milwaukee Bucks free agent Monta Ellis. The money Dallas is no longer spending on Harris, sources said, has been earmarked for the signing of a big man, with Milwaukee free agent Samuel Dalembert ranking as the Mavericks' clear-cut preference after team officials spent all day Thursday meeting with him in Dallas.

After missing out in the pursuit of top free-agent target Dwight Howard, Dallas quickly struck deals with Harris and Jose Calderon with the idea -- sparked by Harris' success as an off guard in Atlanta -- that the two would start together in the Mavericks' overhauled backcourt.

The Mavs reached terms Saturday to bring Harris back to the city where he began his career as the No. 5 overall pick in the 2004 NBA draft. Dallas actually lost two guards to injury Friday while coming to terms with Ellis because first-round draft pick Shane Larkin suffered a broken ankle in the team's last practice before leaving for summer-league play in Las Vegas. Larkin, like Harris, is expected to miss two to three months.

Harris, 30, averaged 9.9 points and 3.4 assists as a part-time starter last season for the Atlanta Hawks, who were the third team he has played for since the Mavericks made him the centerpiece of a package to acquire Jason Kidd in a blockbuster deal with the then-New Jersey Nets before the 2008 trade deadline. Harris was an Eastern Conference All-Star in his first full season with the Nets.

The Mavericks have explored the possibility of reacquiring Harris numerous times since he left town in the Kidd trade, including trade discussions with the Nets in 2010 before Harris was sent to the Utah Jazz as part of Brooklyn's acquisition of Deron Williams.
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Re: Mavs bring back Devin Harris

Postby therealdeal on Fri Jul 12, 2013 9:36 pm

Wow.

That sucks for Harris... That's a lot of money to lose out on.
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Re: Mavs bring back Devin Harris

Postby JSM on Wed Jul 31, 2013 8:20 pm

[url=http://espn.go.com/dallas/nba/story/_/id/9526228/devin-harris-deal-dallas-mavericks-veteran-minimum Tim MacMahon of ESPN [/url] wrote:Guard Devin Harris signed a contract Wednesday with the Dallas Mavericks that was significantly smaller than the deal the sides originally agreed to this summer.

Harris, 30, signed a one-year deal for the veteran's minimum of $1.3 million. Earlier this month, the sides mutually agreed to pull a three-year, $9 million offer off the table when Harris' pre-signing physical screening revealed that he had a dislocated toe that required surgery.

The Mavs could offer Harris no more than the minimum salary after using the rest of their salary-cap space to sign guard Monta Ellis and center Samuel Dalembert.

The 6-foot-3, 192-pound Harris returns for his second stint in Dallas. The No. 5 overall pick of the 2004 draft spent his first 3½ NBA seasons with the Mavs, playing an integral role on their 2006 Finals team before becoming the centerpiece of the package Dallas gave up to get Jason Kidd before the 2008 trade deadline.

Harris, a one-time All-Star, has averaged 12.8 points and 4.9 assists while playing for the Mavs, Nets, Utah Jazz and Atlanta Hawks during his nine-year career. Once healthy, Harris will provide the Mavs depth at both backcourt positions.

His signing gives the Mavs 14 players under contract. Sources told ESPN.com's Marc Stein on Tuesday that the Mavs are close to finalizing a one-year, veteran's-minimum deal for former San Antonio Spurs center DeJuan Blair.

Damn, he lost out on nearly $8 million of guaranteed money.
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Re: Mavs bring back Devin Harris

Postby noobiew on Wed Jul 31, 2013 8:51 pm

Both Devin Harris and DeJuan Blair signed for Dallas Mavericks for a one year veteran minimum deal ?

Damn that was a very good deal and good acquisition by the Dallas.
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Re: Mavs bring back Devin Harris

Postby Frank Dux on Wed Jul 31, 2013 9:39 pm

Weezy wrote:
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We worked all summer to get DH to Dallas. Welcome back to the Mavs, Devin Harris....


What's the source on this? The Onion?
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