The Dallas Mavericks have further strengthened their backcourt options with the signing of free agent point guard Devin Harris.

30-year-old Harris, the fifth overall pick out of the University of Wisconsin in the 2004 NBA draft, will embark upon his second stint in a Mavs uniform after a three-year spell in Texas that ended in 2008 after he was traded to the then New Jersey Nets in exchange for Jason Kidd.

Following three seasons in New Jersey, Harris was traded again, this time to the Utah Jazz as part of the deal that brought Deron Williams to the Nets. 

He spent just a solitary season in Salt Lake City before being acquired by the Atlanta Hawks in July 2012.

He averaged 9.9 points and 3.4 assists in one season with the Hawks, departing following the climax of the season as an unrestricted free agent.

Harris is the latest in a long list of new additions at American Airlines Center, with owner Mark Cuban clearly desperate to revive a faltering roster that failed to make the playoffs for the first time this since the 1999-2000 season.

Dallas, who won a maiden NBA title with victory over the Miami Heat in 2011, were one of the five teams vying for the signature of coveted All-Star center Dwight Howard earlier this summer, but ultimately lost out as Howard opted to join the Houston Rockets.

Following that rejection, coach Rick Carlisle and the Maverick’s front office have been frantically searching for adequate alternatives as they attempt to provide ageing forward Dirk Nowitzki with a supporting cast capable of making another title bid.

In addition to Harris, the Mavericks have acquired Spanish point guard Jose Calderon, former Milwaukee Bucks shooting guard Monta Ellis, veteran center Samuel Dalembert as well as rookies Ricky Ledo, Gal Mekel and Shane Larkin.

Starters O.J Mayo and Chris Kaman left the franchise in order to join the Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers respectively.


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