Potential distraction during Dallas Mavericks training camp: 3. Finney-Smith extension
Dorian Finney-Smith signed a three-year $12 million deal with the Mavs back in 2019, and he immediately outperformed that contract. The 6’7 wing has become one of the most underrated players in the league as he transformed into a 3-and-D threat. Doe-Doe is an important piece for the Mavericks that will need to hit open shots and defend well if Dallas is going to make a deep playoff run.
Finney-Smith is eligible for a contract extension, and the Mavs need to get a deal done. They are able to re-sign him next summer, but letting the 28-year-old hit free agency is a risky gamble, especially with the Mavericks not having cap space to find a replacement on the free-agent market.
The lack of extension will not be a massive distraction, but Doe-Doe was asked if he thinks about it during media day. See his response below.
"I mean a little, but I try not to think about it. I just try to play basketball. If it happens, it happens. If it doesn’t, it isn’t on me. I can’t do nothing about it."
Finney-Smith followed by making the point that he wants to stay with the Mavericks. The team needs him here and would be wise to get a deal done during training camp to eliminate the questions and distractions heading into an important year. Dorian Finney-Smith’s contract will be something to watch over the next three weeks leading into the regular season.