The Dallas Mavericks will retain the services of small forward Dorian Finney-Smith, to the tune of three years and $12 million, per Shams Charania of the Athletic and Stadium.
Finney-Smith will continue his career in Dallas after going undrafted in 2016 from the University of Florida. Dallas saw in Finney-Smith the potential of a “three and d” wing and developed him as such the past three seasons.
The 6-8 swing man has shown some shooting improvement during his three years in the league. Though a career 30% three point shooter, Smith showed a much improved stroke in October and November of 2018 before regressing back to his career averages in 2019.
Unlocking a consistent outside shot is key for Finney-Smith heading into the 2019-20 season. His defensive ability and effort are much needed in a Dallas rotation lacking a solid perimeter defender at the moment. Smith brings a little bit of everything to the table when things are going his way and he could make a claim to reasonable minutes this year if things come together for him.
According to Albert Nahmad, the Mavericks will sign DFS using his Bird rights, which means they can go over the salary cap to sign him and thus his deal won’t eat into their current cap room.