Why Dallas Mavericks must extend Dorian Finney-Smith: 2. Market
The Mavs do not want to let Finney-Smith become an unrestricted free agent because it is a seller’s market in 2022. James Harden and Kyrie Irving are expected to reach extensions with the Brooklyn Nets before hitting free agency. John Wall and Russell Westbrook are likely to accept their player options with Bradley Beal’s option being an unknown. If all five of those players are off the market, Zach LaVine will be the top free agent.
Behind him, it is role players and specialists leading the market. Finney-Smith is a prime candidate to receive a lucrative contract because of his age and ability. He figures to be one of the best 3-and-D wings on the market, and every team is looking to add in that area.
It is a bit early to determine what organizations will have cap space, but according to Spotrac, 14 teams currently project to have more than $16 million in room. That could make for plenty of suitors for Dorian Finney-Smith.
The other worry is him expecting the mid-level exception like Reggie Bullock did to join the Mavericks. Finney-Smith could decide to sign with a contender and head for greener pastures if Dallas fails to extend him before the end of the 2021-2022 regular season.