Putting the last few touches on their roster, the Dallas Mavericks have re-signed veteran guard Devin Harris to a four-year contract.
The team's official Twitter feed provided the news.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed in the official press release, but The Dallas Morning News' Eddie Sefko, citing a source, reported some details of the agreement:
Per source, Devin Harris deal is four years w/4th not fully guaranteed. Starts at $3.88M and could be worth $16.5 total.— Eddie Sefko (@ESefko) July 17, 2014
Harris struggled to stay healthy last season, appearing in just 40 games off the bench. However, while his numbers of 7.9 points and 4.5 assists per game don't jump off the page, he showed flashes of being an improved distributor.
According to Basketball-Reference.com, the 31-year-old averaged 11.2 assists per 100 possessions, the second-highest mark of his career. Moreover, his assist-to-turnover ratio of 3.02 was the best it has ever been.
General Manager Donnie Nelson talked about the importance in bringing Harris back, via ESPN's Bryan Gutierrez:
Donnie on re-signing Devin Harris: "It’s important. … Guys that were in our locker room last are guys that we would love to have back."— Bryan Gutierrez (@BallinWithBryan) June 26, 2014
Harris took a few steps back as a shooter and a scorer in his first year with Dallas, but with players like Monta Ellis, Dirk Nowitzki and now Chandler Parsons around him, he won't be asked to do much more than play defense and distribute.
This is a move that adds important depth and veteran leadership around the stars.
According to ESPN's Gutierrez and Tim MacMahon, the Mavs now have one available roster spot:
With Harris re-signing, Mavs have 2 slots left. Sources have told @espn_macmahon that Bernard James will take 1 of those spots, leaving one.— Bryan Gutierrez (@BallinWithBryan) July 17, 2014
MacMahon suggested potential targets for the final $2.7 million cap-room exception include players such as Mo Williams, Evan Turner and Jordan Crawford, but, either way, the roster is near completion.
With Jose Calderon gone to the New York Knicks, Harris will likely be called upon to handle a bigger role this season. But, with this contract, it's clear the Mavs feel he's up to the job.
Although somewhat quietly, Dallas continues to climb the ladder in a very stacked Western Conference.