Reunited and it feels so good – Devin Harris is going back to Dallas.
The nine-year veteran guard has agreed to a three-year deal with the Mavericks worth in excess of $9 million, reports Tim MacMahon of ESPNDallas.com.
Harris, originally selected by the Washington Wizards 5th overall in the 2004 draft, spent his first four NBA seasons in Dallas after the Mavs acquired the rights to him on draft night.
In his rookie season, he averaged 5.7 points and 2.2 assists per game, but put up a PER of 14.69. Harris ranked 2nd in the league in steals per 48 minutes at 3.15 (behind Larry Hughes). However, his playing time dwindled as the season progressed. He was supposed to be sit back and learn his rookie season from Steve Nash, but Nash instead accepted an offer from Phoenix, forcing Dallas to start Devin as a rookie point guard.
Harris played last season with the Atlanta Hawks, averaging 9.9 points and 3.4 assists per game as a part-time starter. When he wasn’t injured, he spent half the time starting as the off-guard next to Jeff Teague, the other half was spent spelling Teague at the point. That time as the off-guard should help him tremendously this upcoming season, since Dallas also signed veteran point guard Jose Calderon.
Harris’ deal with Dallas can’t be officially signed until Wednesday, when the league lifts its annual moratorium on free-agent signings and trades.