Dallas Mavericks need to bring back Dorian Finney-Smith
By Tyler Watts
Dallas Mavericks need to get Dorian Finney-Smith back this offseason
Even if the Brooklyn Nets decide to compete next season, they are going to make moves. They have $146.4 million committed in salaries without re-signing restricted free agent Cam Johnson or bringing back Seth Curry or Yuta Watanabe. They are already $12 million over the cap and just $15.5 million under the luxury tax threshold.
Johnson will likely get more than $15 million per season, and the Nets should not pay the luxury tax on that roster. They will look to move some pieces and reshuffle their deck to get under the tax, which could make Dorian Finney-Smith available.
The 6’7 forward only played 27.7 minutes per game during the regular season in Brooklyn, and he averaged just 25.3 in the postseason as the Nets were swept by the Sixers. That was after two straight years of playing over 38 minutes per game in the postseason for Dallas. The Nets split his minutes with Day’Ron Sharpe, and he is a bit expendable for Brooklyn. They have a ton of wing options, including Mikal Bridges and Cam Johnson, who appears to be their two building blocks moving forward. Marc Stein noted (subscription required) that Finney-Smith is expected to be available.
Could the Dallas Mavericks trade a first-round pick for Dorian Finney-Smith this summer? If that offer is available, the Mavs should jump at it. Dallas would have to match salary, but they should do what it takes to get Doe-Doe back in Dallas.
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