Devin Harris, Mavs In Talks On New Deal

July 16 2013 at 11:22am CST By Luke Adams

After the Mavericks reached an agreement with Devin Harris on a three-year, $9MM contract, a toe injury forced the two sides to nix the deal. However, we heard over the weekend that there was still mutual interest in working something out.

ESPN.com's Marc Stein confirms that's the case, reporting (via Twitter) that the Mavs and Harris have re-engaged in talks on a new deal for the combo guard. The details of the new agreement are still being worked out, according to Stein (via Twitter), but the two sides remain on track to reunite for the coming season.

With Harris not necessarily on track to be ready for opening night, I'd imagine the Mavs will be interested in either a shorter-term deal, or a smaller financial commitment. The team has since agreed to sign Monta Ellis to a lucrative contract, and continues to pursue Greg Oden and Samuel Dalembert, which may not leave much room for Harris.

I wouldn't be surprised if the two sides eventually agreed upon a two-year, minimum-salary contract for Harris, with a second-year player option. That would give Harris some security in case the toe problem persists, while also allowing him to explore the market again next summer if he comes back strong.

If the Mavs reach a new agreement with Harris, it would likely take the club out of the mix for Jamaal Tinsley, tweets Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld. Kennedy had reported earlier this morning that Dallas had some interest in Tinsley.

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