Dallas Mavericks trade rumors: Dorian Finney-Smith available but at what price?
The Dallas Mavericks trade rumors are heating up as the Feb. 9 deadline approaches. Their front office wants to make a splash and get Luka Doncic more help but to get teams must give in trades. The 23-year-old superstar is playing like an MVP this season, but his supporting cast just has not given him enough help. It appears Dorian Finney-Smith could be the price the Mavs have to pay if they are going to acquire an All-Star before the deadline.
The Athletic’s Shams Charania dropped his latest rumors (subscription required) on Jan. 30 where he notes Dallas is opening to moving Doe-Doe if they can get an All-Star in return. Charania notes the price is high, but the team realizes they will have to part with Finney-Smith to acquire a second star.
Here is a look at why fans should not be surprised that Finney-Smith is in trade talks, and the odds that the Mavs find a trade that ships him out of Dallas before Feb. 9.
Dallas Mavericks trade rumors: Dorian Finney-Smith available for star return
Finney-Smith is a 29-year-old versatile 3-and-D wing that just keeps improving his game. His 3-point shooting numbers are down this season, but he was over 39 percent for two straight years. The Mavs' defense also took a massive dip during the 14 games Doe-Doe missed with an adductor injury. Finney-Smith is the team’s best perimeter defender and a key piece of their rotation.
He is also in the first season of a four-year $55.5 million contract. Having a quality starter making under $15 million per season is fantastic value, especially with the salary cap expected to rise in 2025. Doe-Doe does not become an unrestricted free agent until 2026, and fans know value contracts matter in trades.
The Mavericks are only going to part with Dorian Finney-Smith if the return significantly improves their roster. Charania notes the Jazz are interested in the 6’7 forward, but that deal is unlikely to happen unless Utah becomes willing to part with Lauri Markkanen.
Dallas wants an All-Star back if they are going to package Finney-Smith with other pieces before the Feb. 9 trade deadline. The odds of Dallas finding that deal sits at about 20 percent just ten days before the deadline.
The Dallas Mavericks trade rumors are just heating up. Will they make a blockbuster deal before the final buzzer? Do they move Dorian Finney-Smith? Stay tuned for all the latest.