Dallas Mavericks Target Dorian Finney-Smith Hints at Reunion

NBA Trade Deadline Buzz: Nets, Lakers Eye Finney-Smith

by Nouman Rasool
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Dallas Mavericks Target Dorian Finney-Smith Hints at Reunion
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Former Dallas Mavericks player Dorian Finney-Smith, now with the Brooklyn Nets, is reportedly on the radar for a potential return to Dallas. The development comes amid the NBA's approaching trade deadline this Thursday. Finney-Smith, a key figure in the NBA, recently had a reunion with his ex-teammates from the Mavericks during their game against the Nets at Barclays Center.

In a closely contested match, the Mavericks emerged victorious with a 119-107 scoreline over the Nets. Post-game interactions saw Finney-Smith engaging with Luka Doncic and Jaden Hardy, hinting at his possible return to Dallas.

"I am on my way," Finney-Smith reportedly told Hardy, indicating his potential move back to the Mavericks.

Nets Struggle, Finney-Smith Targeted

This season, the Nets have been struggling to find their rhythm, currently standing outside the play-in spots with a 20-30 record.

With the trade deadline looming, Brooklyn is exploring options to revitalize their roster. In this context, Finney-Smith has become a significant trade target not only for the Mavericks but also for the Los Angeles Lakers. Both teams are striving to improve their standings and break into the top four in the Western Conference.

Michael Scotto, reporting for HoopsHype and Sports Illustrated, notes that a first-round pick and a rotation player might suffice to secure Finney-Smith. Known for his close friendship with Doncic, Finney-Smith has attracted considerable attention in the trade market, including interest from the Lakers and Mavericks.

His versatility as a three-and-D forward makes him an invaluable asset off the bench for any team. Finney-Smith's performance this season includes an average of 9.1 points and 4.8 rebounds, with a commendable 38.3% shooting accuracy from beyond the arc.

He has played in 42 of the Nets' 50 games. Currently under contract through the 2026 season, Finney-Smith is set to earn $13.3 million this season and $14.3 million in the 2024-25 season, with a player option for the 2025-26 season valued at $15.4 million.

His potential return to Dallas could be a strategic move for the Mavericks, who have faced challenges with injuries and team chemistry, particularly concerning star guard Kyrie Irving. Despite these issues, the Mavericks are only two games behind the Phoenix Suns, who currently hold a 30-21 record.

Finney-Smith's initial tenure with the Mavericks spanned seven years, from 2016 to 2023, before he was traded to the Nets in the deal that brought Irving to Dallas. His return could mark a significant moment for the Mavericks as they navigate the remainder of the season.

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