Harrison Barnes Signing Is Good Enough (for Now) for Dallas Mavericks

July 5th, 2016 by Jared Dubin Leave a reply »

After striking out on a few top-level free agents (Mike Conley, Hassan Whiteside), the Dallas Mavericks have once again cobbled a team around the ageless Dirk Nowitzki.

Consisting mostly of low-cost veterans that fill a specific role, this is what they've done pretty much every year since winning the NBA championship in 2011. Deron Williams will re-sign for a year and $10 million, according to ESPN.com's Marc Stein. Seth Curry will be brought in on a two-year, $6 million pact, per Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical. And bench big man Dwight Powell will be retained with a four-year, $37 million contract, per The Vertical's Shams Charania.

The exception to that strategy, at least this summer, is Harrison Barnes. In the wake of Kevin Durant's decision to sign with the Golden State Warriors, the Mavericks came to an agreement with the former Warrior on a four-year, $96 million maximum contract, per a July 4 report from Stein. 

Barnes became one of the NBA's most polarizing players over the last year or so. He turned down a contract extension from Golden State prior to the 2015-16 season, ...

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