The NBA is about competition on the floor, but it’s also about dollars and cents. Teams now must find players who can outperform deals they’re signed to and use them as assets on the floor or as assets to flip in order to acquire a game-changing piece. ESPNDallas.com will grade how the Dallas Mavericks fared in terms of contracts of their new acquisitions.
Devin Harris: Signed to a guaranteed one-year, $884,293 contract.
Much like DeJuan Blair, the Mavs were able to take advantage of acquiring Harris as a veteran minimum signing. Harris is actually being paid $1,272,797, the salary for a nine-year veteran, but the league is paying the remaining amount over the $884,293 total due to the collective bargaining agreement.
Harris comes back to Dallas slightly more polished on offense and more versatile on defense. His progression in Atlanta, where he played alongside point guard Jeff Teague, provided some unique flexibility as he defended the shooting guard position with moderate success.
Injuries have plagued most of Harris’ maturation process. Taking out the 66-game lockout season of 2012-13, Harris averaged 65.2 games played in a five-year span leading up to this season. Unlike Rodrigue Beaubois, Harris has been able to bounce back from his injuries and show signs of consistency.
Harris originally agreed to a three-year, $9 million dollar deal, but he settled for a one-year minimum contract after a pre-signing physical screening revealed he needed surgery to repair a dislocated toe. The only downside to this deal is the Mavs will have to hope Harris truly wants to stay in Dallas if things go well this season. If things go according to plan, he’ll be in demand in free agency next summer.