The Dallas Mavericks hoped to land a big fish in the 2013 offseason.
They pursued former Orlando Magic and Los Angeles Lakers’ center Dwight Howard, but Howard opted to sign with one of the Mavericks’ in-state rivals, the Houston Rockets, instead. The Mavericks then decided to use their money to bring in a few lesser players, headlined by former Golden State Warriors and Milwaukee Bucks’ guard Monta Ellis.They also signed point guard Jose Calderon, who was dealt to the New York Knicks last week and former Brooklyn (New Jersey) Nets, Utah Jazz and Atlanta Hawks’ point guard Devin Harris. Harris actually spent the first three-and-a-half years of his career with the Mavericks before he was dealt to the Nets in the Jason Kidd deal.
Harris is set to become an unrestricted free agent on Tuesday and his preference is to remain in Dallas.
“This is where I want to be,” Harris said via Kelly Ward of The Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “If it works out, that’s obviously what we would want to do.”
Of course, Harris knows this is a business decision.
“Business takes precedent over personal every day of the week. Sometimes with negotiations, they can get a little nasty, but you’ve just got to try to take a clear head and try to do what’s best for you in any type of situation.”
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.