The Dallas Mavericks have moved on to plan B after losing out on Dwight Howard. The first step on that plan involved agreeing to terms with Devin Harris on a three-year, $9 million deal to bring the point guard back to Dallas, where he started his career. The move comes just one day after Dallas agreed to terms with Jose Calderon. The Mavs also reached an agreement with Israeli point guard Gal Mekel.
That means three point guards have been added in free agency in addition to rookie Shane Larkin. What does that mean for the Mavericks' rotation? Tim Cato of Mavs Moneyball thinks Harris's role in Dallas will be similar to his role in Atlanta last season.
Harris played quite a bit of shooting guard for Atlanta last season -- splitting his minutes pretty evenly between the 1 and the 2 via 82games.com. Calderon was signed as the starting point guard and will probably average about 27-30 minutes per game this coming season, assuming health (he averaged 29.6 between two teams last year), but Harris can be plugged in behind him and at the two.
The next step in Plan B for the Mavs could be signing Andrew Bynum, whom the team was linked to almost immediately after it appeared they were out of the running for Howard.
Blazers continue to build bench
The Portland Trail Blazers' bench hurt the team more than it helped last season. Portland has now spent much of the offseason looking to improve its second unit. Saturday, it made two low cost additions. The first was Dorell Wright, who reportedly agreed to a two-year, $6 million deal to become the team's back up small forward. Wright averaged 9.2 points per game last season with the Philadelphia 76ers. The Blazers also added Earl Watson, who will likely serve as back up to both Damian Lillard and this year's first-round pick, C.J. McCollum. Watson spent the last three seasons with the Utah Jazz.
Lakers and Lamar Odom heading for a reunion
The Los Angeles Lakers have also begun planning for life after Dwight Howard, and they started by reaching out to a member of their most recent back-to-back title teams. ESPN Los Angeles' Ramona Shelburne reports the Lakers have contacted Lamar Odom about a possible return to the team. Nothing is imminent, but the Lakers are now short on big men after Dwight Howard announced he was signing with the Houston Rockets and Earl Clark, who often served as the team's first big man off the bench, agreed to a deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Odom spent last season with the Clippers, where he averaged four points and 5.9 rebounds a game.