Why Dallas Mavericks must extend Dorian Finney-Smith: 1. No replacement
Finney-Smith is a key piece of the Mavs roster, and they will not be able to replace him if he departs in free agency next summer. Luka Doncic’s rookie max extension kicks in meaning the Mavericks are projected to be $5 million over the cap already, and that is without an extension for Doe-Doe or Jalen Brunson.
Dallas used their bi-annual exception this summer to sign Sterling Brown, so they are likely to just have their mid-level exception in the 2022 offseason. It has no impact on re-signing Finney-Smith because they have his Bird rights, but if he departs finding a replacement will be difficult.
The Mavericks want to keep Brunson and Finney-Smith, plus add another talented player to their roster with the mid-level exception in 2022. Dallas needs to keep adding talent and depth until they can make a move for a second star to pair with Luka Doncic. Paying Dorian Finney-Smith $10 million a year for the next four gives the Mavs another trade asset if the blockbuster comes along too.
The Dallas Mavericks should be looking to swing extensions with both Doe-Doe and Brunson before training camp begins on Sept. 28. If they do not, it will be interesting to see how the organization plays having talks on new deals. Keep checking back to The Smoking Cuban for all the latest on the extensions, plus rumors, news, and analysis that fans won’t want to miss.