The NBA trade deadline has come and gone and the Dallas Mavericks have made a move. While it didn’t involve the expected names of Wesley Matthews or Nerlens Noel, it did see one veteran shipped to Denver in Devin Harris.
The deal centered around Emmanuel Mudiay and a pair of second round picks. For the Mavs’ haul, they acquired 3-point sharpshooter, Doug McDermott from New York and a second-round draft pick, but the key player in the deal was clearly Mudiay.
For Harris, meanwhile, the longtime Maverick, having now completed his second stint with the franchise, will be missed. Harris was originally drafted by the Washington Wizards and traded on draft day to the Mavericks as part of the Antawn Jamison deal in 2004. Harris would show great promise in Dallas before eventually being shipped to New Jersey in the Jason Kidd deal in February of 2008. It was in his first season with the Nets that Harris would make his only All Star team.
Devin Harris would eventually resign with the Mavericks in 2014 after stints in New Jersey, Utah, and Atlanta proved somewhat uneventful. To his credit, in this second stint, Harris did find a nice role and prove himself immeasurably valuable to the Mavs the past few years. Unfortunately, with Dallas officially in full rebuild mode, middle-of-the-road veterans are simply not a feasible investment. Dallas needs to get young and fast and the only way they were going to do that was by moving some of their veteran point guards.
Doug McDermott is averaging 7.2 PPG this season on 46% from the field and 38.7% from beyond the arc. He will likely be a reserve floor-spreading role player for Rick Carlisle’s Mavericks.