Report: Chicago Bulls Interested in Devin Harris During 2014 Offseason

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Report: Chicago Bulls Interested in Devin Harris During 2014 Offseason
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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:

Player Age PER TS% FTr TRB% AST% STL% TOV% ORtg DRtg
D.J. Augustin 26 16.2 .569 .316 3.8 28.9 1.5 13.3 113 105
Devin Harris 31 14.6 .517 .453 6.0 31.0 1.8 16.2 109 111
Kirk Hinrich 33 10.8 .494 .202 5.2 22.6 2.0 15.1 100 102
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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