Coming into free agency, the Mavs had a lot of their own guys to look after. The list included Shawn Marion, Devin Harris, Vince Carter and Dirk Nowitzki, all of which were thought to be prime targets for the front office.
Unfortunately, Mavs fans have to wave goodbye to Vince Carter who signed a three-year $12.2 million deal with the Memphis Grizzlies. And after all the other moves this offseason, there doesn’t seem to be enough money leftover for Shawn Marion. Though there is a $2.7 million cap-room exception available, that would be significantly below market price on Marion.
But hey, it wasn’t all bad.
That big German guy signed an incredibly team-friendly deal. As reported by ESPN Dallas’ Tim McMahon, Nowitski’s three-year $25 million contract makes him the fourth-highest paid player on the team.
If that’s not team-friendly, who knows what is.
And though it’s not quite as splashy, Dallas also re-signed Devin Harris. He provided a nice spark off the bench for the Mavs this past season, and with Dallas’ guard rotation relatively thin, he’ll be in high demand this upcoming year.
Oh, and his deal is also team-friendly.
Eddie Sefko of The Dallas Morning News reported that Harris got a four-year, $16.5 million deal, with the fourth year being partially guaranteed. Given what Harris provides and how the free-agent market has looked this summer, that deal is a steal.
So yes, the Mavs lost some key cogs in Vince Carter and Shawn Marion. But replacing those two with Chandler Parsons is an upgrade. And finding another good point guard at the price Harris signed for would be insanely hard.
And Dirk signing for less than $9 million per year is just crazy. Eddie Sefko also reported that both the Lakers and Rockets made near max offers for Nowitzki’s services.
He left tens of millions on the table and had just one thing to say about it.