Case for the Dallas Mavericks trading Dorian Finney-Smith
The Mavs trading Finney-Smith would have little to do with on-court fit and more to do with finances and the ability to re-sign him. The 28-year-old will be an unrestricted free agent at the conclusion of the season and free to sign with any team.
If the Mavericks believe he plans to sign elsewhere, trading Doe-Doe for a return makes sense, but Finney-Smith made it clear during the preseason that he wants to stay in Dallas.
Dallas should be examining the market on everyone on their current roster not named Luka Doncic. The Mavericks want to build a title contender around their 22-year-old superstar, and they need to add more talent to make that a reality. Can general manager Nico Harrison swing a trade that upgrades their roster? Is any team willing to trade for Tim Hardaway Jr. or Dwight Powell to give Dallas more flexibility?
Finney-Smith’s market factors in too. The Mavs do not want to drastically overpay Doe-Doe during free agency to retain his services and put another difficult-to-trade contract on their books. Can the two sides work out a deal that suits both parties? If not, the Mavericks could be looking to trade Dorian Finney-Smith before the deadline.