Point guard Devin Harris for the Dallas Mavericks has a big decision coming up. Harris wants to return to the Mavericks next season and the feeling is mutual, but he’s hinting that he won’t come back if the money isn’t right.
“Obviously, coming into the next couple of weeks, I’m going to have to start thinking about it by talking to my family, but right now just want to enjoy the game and … relax,” said Harris, who spoke with reporters at Dr. Pepper Ballpark in Frisco, Texas yesterday during a practice session for today’s Dirk Nowitzki 2014 Heroes Celebrity Baseball Game.
With professional athletes, you just have to read between the lines. “Family,” for instance, probably means “I’ll sign with the team that gives me the most money.” And Harris, of course, has reportedly been linked to the Chicago Bulls, who, after predictably amnestying Carlos Boozer sometime in the near future, would be able to give Harris a large cash reward.
It would obviously be tough for Harris to turn down a sweet contract at this point in his career, as he, at 31, has probably just a few years left. But the Mavericks, unlike the Utah Jazz and Atlanta Hawks, gave Harris the opportunity to prove he’s still a dynamic point guard. It was in head coach Rick Carlisle‘s system where Harris was able to flourish once again.
Even if the Bulls throw Harris more money, he could ride the piney woods the rest of his career, especially if Derrick Rose comes back strong. With the Mavericks, however, Harris has a realistic shot at being a starter next season.