Devin Harris Re-Signs with Mavs: Latest Contract Details, Analysis and Reaction

Tim KeeneyContributor IJuly 17, 2014

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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: 

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:

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: 

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.