Although the Dallas Mavericks hoped to be a major player in the 2013 offseason, trying to land a big fish like center Dwight Howard, who eventually signed with the Houston Rockets, the Mavericks had a nice offseason and got back into the postseason.
Veteran point guard Devin Harris was one of the gems they found and for the second consecutive offseason, he will be a free agent.
According to Eddie Sefko of The Dallas Morning News, Harris is simply looking for security this offseason.
Devin Harris had a three-year contract securely in hand last summer before his foot problem required surgery. Then it became a one-year deal for the veteran’s minimum salary.
On Friday at the Heroes Baseball Game practice session, Harris was asked if that original three-year, $9-million deal would be enough to keep him in Dallas as he prepares for free agency.
“Three years, yes,” Harris said. “Somewhere in that area. The years sound good. It would be a good starting point.”
Obviously, Harris is hoping for at least the same amount of money that was offered originally last year. It will be interesting to see what the marketplace is like for Harris, who missed the first half of the season, but played well in the second half and in the playoff series against San Antonio.
Harris averaged 7.9 points, 4.5 assists and 2.1 rebounds per game while shooting 37.8% from the field, 30.7% from beyond the arc and 80.0% from the charity stripe in the regular season and 11.4 points, 3.9 assists and 2.4 rebounds per game while shooting 47.0% from the field, 44.0% from the three-point line and 87.5% from the free throw line in the postseason.