Three days after going undrafted in the 2016 NBA Draft, Dorian Finney-Smith knows where he will start his professional career — Dallas, the same city that hosted (or "hosted," if you're the NCAA) the Final Four he went to with Florida in 2014.
The Gainesville Sun's Kevin Brockway was first to report the news in detail, noting that Finney-Smith's contract is partially guaranteed and that he chose the Mavs over two other teams.
Finney-Smith confirmed the news on Twitter by retweeting this tweet from Florida assistant Darris Nichols.
On Friday, he had responded to not being drafted with typical equanimity.
Everything happens for a reason!— Dorian Finney-Smith (@doefinney_10) June 25, 2016
Finney-Smith will have as a hard time making the Mavericks' opening day roster as any Summer League invitee does. But he may have gotten a hand from another former Gator: Chandler Parsons opted out of his deal with Dallas last week, and is angling for a big-money deal in a cash-flush free agency period that will begin July 1.
While Parsons has been a better shooter and creator than Finney-Smith, and is obviously already a proven NBA player, it's arguable that their skill sets are eerily similar. If the Mavs still want a Parsons-like player, another lanky small forward from Florida might not be a bad choice.