The Mavericks have targeted another player at the guard position, after already adding three of them to the roster this offseason.
From Tim MacMahon of ESPN Dallas:
The Dallas Mavericks and guard Devin Harris are close to finalizing a three-year deal worth in excess of $9 million, sources told ESPN.com’s Marc Stein.
The Mavs struck an agreement Saturday to bring Harris back to the team on which he began his career as the fifth pick overall in the 2004 NBA draft. The deal can’t be officially signed until Wednesday, when the league lifts its annual moratorium on free-agent signings and trades.
Harris was the key piece in the 2008 trade that brought Jason Kidd to Dallas, and has bounced around a bit since then playing for the Nets, the Jazz, and the Hawks. Last season in Atlanta, Harris averaged 9.9 points and 3.4 assists in 24.5 minutes per game.
The Mavericks agreed to terms with veteran point guard Jose Calderon earlier this week, as well as Israeli point guard Gal Mekel. Dallas also selected 5’11” point guard Shane Larkin with the 18th overall pick in this year’s draft.
All of these additions are necessary due to Dallas letting two of last season’s rotation players in the backcourt — O.J. Mayo and Darren Collison — leave in free agency. Mayo has agreed to a three-year deal with the Bucks, while Collison has agreed to join the Clippers.
Warriors center Anderson Varejao will miss the Rio Olympics due to a back injury.
Where will Team Brazil turn now?
Likely to Bulls center Cristiano Felicio.
Marc Stein of ESPN:
Felicio came on strong late last season. He puts his 6-foot-10, 275-pound frame to good use protecting the paint and rebounding. He showed potential as passer and mid-range shooter, too.
At age 24, he’s a candidate to break out in the Olympics.
If he’s not ready, Brazil can turn to a steady veteran at center, Nene.
Blake Griffin broke his hand punching Clippers equipment manager Matias Testi in January.
Make that former Clippers equipment manager Matias Testi.
The L.A. Clippers equipment staffer who was punched in the face by Blake Griffin during a fight in Toronto earlier this year is off the team — and will NOT be back for the ’16/’17 season … TMZ Sports has learned.
We spoke with a rep for the Clippers who confirmed Matias Testi “no longer works for the team.”
The report that Kevin Durant told Russell Westbrook he’d re-sign with the Thunder before choosing the Warriors?
Royce Young of ESPN:
I misspoke in saying that Durant specifically told Westbrook he was coming back.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Center Anderson Varejao will miss the Olympics for host Brazil because of a herniated disc in his lower back.
The Golden State Warriors announced the injury Wednesday and say that Varejao should be ready for the start of training camp but will not be healthy enough to play in the Olympics. Varejao recently experienced back pain while training with the Brazilian National Team and returned to California to be examined by Dr. Robert Watkins earlier this week.
Varejao averaged 2.6 points and 2.3 rebounds in 22 games after signing with the Warriors on Feb. 22. He re-signed with the team earlier this month.