Sources: Nets, Mavs talk Devin Harris

Updated: February 23, 2011, 10:15 AM ET
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com

The Mavericks registered their interest in bringing Devin Harris back to Dallas in January.

They told the New Jersey Nets at the time that they'd be ready to lodge a bid if Harris was still a Net after Carmelo Anthony got traded.

So the teams, as promised, have been in talks about a Harris-to-Dallas deal since it became clear that the Nets wouldn't be getting Melo. But they've yet to reach a consensus on workable trade terms.

Sources briefed on the teams' discussions told ESPN.com that the Nets want the expiring contract of out-for-the-season swingman Caron Butler, Mavs rookie Dominique Jones and a first-round pick.

The Mavs, sources said, have "turned down" that offer, telling New Jersey that they are unwilling to add two assets to Butler to bring back Harris, who badly wants out of New Jersey after hearing his name in trade rumors for more than a year.

Negotiations between the teams are expected to continue, but they have not agreed on a trade framework.

Portland is the only other serious suitor known to be after Harris, since the Nets have shown little interest in the principal asset Atlanta has offered (Mike Bibby). But the Blazers are weighing several scenarios before Thursday's 3 p.m. trading deadline.

Butler, meanwhile, appears to think he's staying put in Dallas, tweeting Tuesday night: "I aint going no where."

Marc Stein is a senior NBA writer for ESPN.com.

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