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Harris winds up with minimum deal from Mavs

07/31 1:57 PM

Guard Devin Harris signed a contract Wednesday with the Dallas Mavericks that was significantly smaller than the deal the sides originally agreed to this summer.

Guard Devin Harris signed a contract Wednesday with the Dallas Mavericks that was significantly smaller than the deal the sides originally agreed to this summer.

Harris, 30, signed a one-year deal for the veteran's minimum of $1.3 million. Earlier this month, the sides mutually agreed to pull a three-year, $9 million offer off the table when Harris' pre-signing physical screening revealed that he had a dislocated toe that required surgery.

The Mavs could offer Harris no more than the minimum salary after using the rest of their salary-cap space to sign guard Monta Ellis and center Samuel Dalembert.

The 6-foot-3, 192-pound Harris returns for his second stint in Dallas. The No. 5 overall pick of the 2004 draft spent his first 3.5 NBA seasons with the Mavs, playing an integral role on their 2006 Finals team before becoming the centerpiece of the package Dallas gave up to get Jason Kidd before the 2008 trade deadline.

Harris, a one-time All-Star, has averaged 12.8 points and 4.9 assists while playing for the Mavs, Nets, Utah Jazz and Atlanta Hawks during his nine-year career. Once healthy, Harris will provide the Mavs depth at both backcourt positions.

His signing gives the Mavs 14 players under contract. Sources told ESPN.com's Marc Stein on Tuesday that the Mavs are close to finalizing a one-year, veteran's-minimum deal for former San Antonio Spurs center DeJuan Blair.


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