Mavericks bringing back Devin Harris
• The Dallas Mavericks are bringing back Devin Harris in what could be a more prominent role for the point guard. Two people familiar with the deal told the Associated Press on Saturday that Harris and the Mavericks have agreed on a new contract. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because the team hadn’t announced the deal. The 31-year-old Harris played for Dallas on a one-year, $3 million deal last season, missing the first half of the year after offseason toe surgery.
• The Los Angeles Lakers are coming off their worst season since moving from Minnesota, winning only 27 games while All-Star guard Kobe Bryant sat out all but six with multiple injuries. Despite a miserable campaign, the Lakers were the most profitable franchise in the NBA — by a large margin. According to a memo distributed to teams by the NBA, the Lakers project to earn a $158.3 million profit for the 2013-14 season, before tax and revenue sharing. The Chicago Bulls, second on the list, earned less than half that amount, at $75.7 million.
• Mitch McGary has signed with the Oklahoma City Thunder. McGary spent two years at Michigan and was Oklahoma City’s top draft pick in last month’s NBA Draft, going 21st overall. The signing was announced by Thunder general manager Sam Presti. Terms of the deal were not released.
Blue Jackets sign defenseman Savard
• The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed defenseman David Savard to a two-year contract a day after adding free-agent center Brian Gibbons. The 23-year-old Savard scored five goals and had 10 assists in 70 games last season. The third rounder in the 2009 draft ranked fourth on the club in blocked shots with 81. He had four assists in six Stanley Cup playoff games against the Penguins.
• Olli Jokinen says the chance to play for new Nashville coach Peter Laviolette was one of the reasons why the free-agent center chose to sign with the Predators. The 35-year-old Jokinen met the Nashville media on Saturday, three days after the Predators signed him to a one-year, $2.5 million contract. Jokinen said Laviolette’s teams “create a lot of chances, a lot of offense.” Jokinen also said he was eager for the opportunity to get to the postseason, something that has eluded him and the Predators lately.
Falcons say receiver unable to perform
• The Atlanta Falcons have placed receiver Drew Davis on the physically unable to perform list for training camp after recent foot surgery. Coach Mike Smith said that Davis, a three-year veteran, “felt some discomfort in his foot at the end of minicamp” last month and has undergone surgery. Davis caught 16 passes for 216 yards and three touchdowns last season. He is not expected to return to the field for six weeks.
• Dawn Harper-Nelson of the United States ran a year-leading 12.44 seconds to win the 100-meter hurdles at the Paris Diamond League meeting while Hansle Parchment of Jamaica set the fastest time in the 110 hurdles this season.
• Ken Roczen swept the 450 Class motos at RedBud in Buchanan, Mich., for his fourth Lucas Oil Pro Motocross victory in the first six events of the season. The German rider increased his series lead over Red Bull KTM teammate Ryan Dungey to 26 points.
— From wire reports