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Report: Chicago Bulls Interested in Devin Harris During 2014 Offseason

SAN ANTONIO, TX - APRIL 20: Devin Harris #20 of the Dallas Mavericks dribbles the ball during Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2014 NBA Playoffs against the San Antonio Spurs on April 20, 2014 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2013 NBAE (Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Andy BaileyFeatured ColumnistMay 14, 2014

Devin Harris proved this season that he still has some value as a backup point guard. Apparently, the Chicago Bulls noticed.

After leading the Dallas Mavericks in assist percentage at 31, Harris will be an unrestricted free agent. According to CSN Chicago's Aggrey Sam, "...Harris has been connected to the Bulls, according to a league source..."

The pairing makes sense on paper, as Chicago's star point guard, Derrick Rose, was injured yet again this season and appeared in just 10 games. Sam said:

...after two season-ending injuries in the last three years, the organization understands that they have to brace themselves for the possibility of unexpected misfortune or even just lightening Rose’s burden.

D.J. Augustin and Kirk Hinrich were the ones who took over after "unexpected misfortune" in 2013. Harris compares favorably to both:

PlayerAgePERTS%FTrTRB%AST%STL%TOV%ORtgDRtg
D.J. Augustin2616.2.569.3163.828.91.513.3113105
Devin Harris3114.6.517.4536.031.01.816.2109111
Kirk Hinrich3310.8.494.2025.222.62.015.1100102
Provided by Basketball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 5/13/2014.

It's not a foregone conclusion that the Bulls would be able to land Harris, though. According to Tim MacMahon of ESPN Dallas, Harris recently said, "My intent is to come back, but only time will tell," when asked about re-signing with the Mavericks.

There's familiarity for him in Dallas, where he spent the first three-plus seasons of his career playing with Dirk Nowitzki, and the last year with the current group.

Of course, money talks, and Harris might listen if the Bulls are able to offer more.

Wherever he ends up, it looks like the 31-year-old point guard can still make an impact, at the very least, as a solid distributor off the bench.

 

Andy Bailey covers the NBA for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter @AndrewDBailey.

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