The Mavericks, of course, initially intended to give Harris a multi-year deal this past NBA offseason before finding out about Harris’ messed up toe. That put Harris in the humble spot of having to take the league minimum for just one season. Harris, of course, was dynamite in the second half and in the near-upset of the San Antonio Spurs in the first round of the playoffs.
Out of all the bargain moves of the past offseason, Harris was surely the best one. But now the Mavericks’ front office, who seem to have a cuddly relationship with Harris, are faced with the dilemma of Harris no longer being on sale. Yes, Mark Cuban and the whole city of Dallas loves him. And Harris loves Dallas back, but Harris’ recent non-committal comments, together with these rumors of the Bulls attempting to kidnap him, introduces a semi-dramatic storyline of disloyalty.
All that love means nada now that Harris’ toe is all healed up. He’s not signing for a discount and the Bulls, who are set to amnesty the terrible Carlos Boozer, are going to have money to overspend. Cuban can’t be willing to give Harris any more than a three-year, $21 million contract or so (unless Cuban wants to make Harris the starter), but the Bulls, who have a way bigger question mark at point guard (Derrick Rose‘s knees), could put in an over-the-top bid for him.
Should that happen, the Mavericks would be smart to snatch up soon-to-be free agent Kirk Hinrich, a proven winner. Hinrich fits Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle‘s veteran-rich lineup and brings much of the same stuff Harris brings to the picnic, like stellar defense and good assist numbers. That’s right, the swap would make sense.