Cuban: Derek Harper's number will be retired

DALLAS – Derek Harper's No. 12 will be raised to the American Airlines Center rafters this season.

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, who strongly hinted at the possibility last season, confirmed Friday that the team would retire Harper’s number. Cuban said no date has been planned for the ceremony.

Harper was the team’s first-round pick in 1984 and played point guard for the Mavs for 12 seasons during two stints in Dallas. He holds the franchise career records for assists (5,111) and steals (1,551), and ranks fourth in team history in scoring with 12,597 points.

Harper will join former teammates Rolando Blackman and Brad Davis as players whose numbers have been retired by the Mavs.