The major free-agency window for 2021 has passed, but a couple Mavericks are still in contract limbo.
Jalen Brunson and Dorian Finney-Smith are eligible for four-year, $55 million extensions, which would mark significant increases from their current deals.
Don’t expect either of them to be distracted by potential negotiations this preseason.
“I try not to think about it,” Finney-Smith said. “Just try to play basketball. If it happens, it happens. If it don’t, you know me. I can’t do nothing about it.”
But would Finney-Smith want to stay in Dallas if his agent can reach an agreement with the Mavericks’ executives?
“Obviously,” Finney-Smith said. “Everybody knows that. I don’t think it needs to be said.”
Finney-Smith is entering the final season of a three-year, $12 million deal he signed in 2019. Brunson will earn $1.8 million this year to finish his four-year rookie contract.
Each will become unrestricted free agents in the 2022 offseason if they don’t sign their respective extensions and likely command significant attention across the league after career-best seasons in 2020-21.
“Really all I’m focused on is what I can control right now, which is me preparing myself for the season,” Brunson said. “I have my agents and the front office deal with that, but [it’s] out of my control right now. I don’t really want to think about it. Just want to focus on me and the team.”