The Dallas Mavericks are facing some important decisions ahead of the Feb. 10 trade deadline. Dorian Finney-Smith and Jalen Brunson are set to become unrestricted free agents in the offseason, and the team will need to exceed the luxury tax to re-sign both players. Will owner Mark Cuban be willing to pay? If not, the Mavs should explore the trade market for each player before the Feb. 10 deadline.
Rumors suggest Finney-Smith is the most likely to be moved. He was even rumored to be part of a potential package to secure Myles Turner. The 6’7 forward provides versatility, defense, and shot-making that will make him intriguing to any contending team.
Bleacher Report’s Eric Pincus dropped the latest rumors on Jan. 17, and he noted that Doe-Doe’s market could be limited in free agency. He is a closer look at the latest.
Dallas Mavericks rumors: Dorian Finney-Smith could be limited by free-agent market
Pincus writes that the limited cap space around the NBA in the offseason could limit Finney-Smith’s market to the non-taxpayer mid-level exception. The Mavs can sign him to a four-year $55 million extension before he hits free agency, and they have his Bird rights, which allows them to sign him for more than the mid-level.
They need to keep Doe-Doe. The 3-and-D wing offers the perfect blend of shooting and defense to play next to superstar Luka Doncic. Finney-Smith keeps improving, and the 28-year-old is just entering his prime.
The Dallas Mavericks signed Reggie Bullock to a three-year deal at the mid-level exception in the 2021 offseason, and Finney-Smith has outplayed Bullock this season.
Dallas could prioritize signing Jalen Brunson, who has been their second-best player for significant stretches, but if the Mavs let Finney-Smith go, they will be searching for another 3-and-D wing to replace him. The Mavericks can get a discount because of the limited cap space around the league, and they should take advantage.
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