Dallas Mavericks bring back key bench piece, Dorian Finney-Smith

Dallas Mavericks Dorian Finney-Smith Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)
Dallas Mavericks Dorian Finney-Smith Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images) /

The Dallas Mavericks re-signed Dorian Finney-Smith officially last week to a three-year, $12 million contract. This move helps strengthen a Mavs bench that should be formidable once again this season.

The Dallas Mavericks announced shortly after the free agency period that they had come to a verbal agreement with restricted free agent, Dorian Finney-Smith. Finney-Smith and the Mavs agreed to a three-year, $12 million contract that was then signed late last week. DFS will be with the Mavs through the 2021-22 season.

This signing will give the Mavs some continuity on their bench, as well as a guy that can step into the starting lineup when needed. Dorian adds some excellent versatility and a guy that still has a chance to grow as he improves on his shooting efforts. His shot seemed to be on its way up last year before it tanked over the last couple months of the season.

Dodo has been a nice defensive presence on the wing over the past few years for Dallas. His strength is definitely on that end of the floor and he realizes it too. He is the kind of player we can throw into any lineup and at least contribute in some way.

The other reason I am glad we brought Dorian back is because he can be a good mentor for some of the youngsters in the system like Isaiah Roby, Kostas Antetokounmpo and Josh Reaves. His defense and energy on the court are things that the Mavs would have missed had he gone on to another team.

At this point, the Mavericks have a really nice group of high energy players in Dwight Powell, Maxi Kleber and Dorian. These three work really well together on the court and their ability to make hustle plays is going to be something Coach Carlisle utilizes well.

It will be exciting to have Finney-Smith back this season. I think that his shot is going to be back to where it was early last season. His form is good and he has enough consistency where he should be shooting over 30% from deep. As his confidence grows, I believe his shooting percentage will follow.

As of now, it seems like Finney-Smith will step into the backup spot at the small forward position. It is unclear what the Mavs have planned for starters and different lineups at this point, but Finney will definitely be part of the Mavericks rotation on pretty much every single night.

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Dallas will be working hard to fight their way into the playoff picture this year and Dorian Finney-Smith will play an important part in that goal. Mavs fans should be very excited to have him back for another three years.