View Full Version : Michael Finley Wants to Make a Comeback to the NBA

11-23-2012, 04:36 AM

Former NBA All-Star Michael Finley is putting his front-office career on hold in hopes of extending his playing career, according to sources with knowledge of his plans.

Sources told ESPN that Finley, after participating in NBA pickup games all summer, continues to work out vigorously in pursuit of a contract that would give him one more run as an NBA player before shifting his focus to front-office work.

Late last spring, Finley began quietly working as an untitled but prominent member of the Dallas Mavericks' front-office team. The 39-year-old quickly convinced Mavericks owner Mark Cuban that he has promise as an executive, to the point that Cuban unexpectedly dispatched Finley alongside coach Rick Carlisle and president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson on what ultimately proved to be a failed recruiting mission to try to sign Deron Williams away from the Brooklyn Nets.

Finley then continued to work under Nelson through the offseason, but also never stopped training to keep alive his comeback bid. After Nelson publicly acknowledged for the first time in August that both Finley and former teammate Eduardo Najera were working as special assistants to the GM, sources say the Mavericks invited Finley to training camp as a player on a non-guaranteed contract before a minor calf injury scuttled that plan.

Finley has since shaken that injury and, through longtime agent Henry Thomas, is pitching himself to teams as a capable shooter off the bench and mentor to young players.

He has been determined to carve out one more playing niche after a lengthy recovery from ankle surgery during the 2010 offseason complicated his efforts to find a job in 2010-11. Finley then flirted with making a comeback in the D-League last season -- which is a path veteran players have increasingly used to get on the NBA radar -- but ultimately decided against it.

Sources say Finley has been encouraged by the positive impact Rasheed Wallace has made in New York after coming out of retirement -- as well as Jerry Stackhouse's recent move to Brooklyn and Antonio McDyess' reported desire to restart his career -- because he has privately believed for months he could have a similar effect on a team's locker room.

Finley last played in the NBA with Boston during the 2010 playoffs but was eager to try to win a job in training camp with the Mavs, even though Dallas entered camp carrying the league maximum 15 guaranteed contracts on its roster.

Along with Steve Nash, Finley teamed with Mavs star Dirk Nowitzki to form the trio that transformed the Mavericks from a horrific decade in the 1990s and launched the franchise's ongoing run of 12 successive playoff berths.

Finley left Dallas in 2005 when Cuban, looking to drastically reduce his luxury-tax bill, waived the two-time All-Star through the league's first amnesty clause. Finley went on to win a championship ring with rival San Antonio in 2007, but has remained one of Nowitzki's closest friends and most revered teammates.

11-23-2012, 11:37 AM
Why not? Since Parish did it, many athletes can play now into their 40ties. It's been somewhat of a trend or a change in human life in general over the last 15 years and it goes on. We're getting older, we're staying healthier, professionals in sports who stay healthy for most of their career (and Grant Hill) , those who still enjoy playing the game (even former starplayers accepting their role as roleplayer, passing down the torch to the next generation), those who still have the passion and the dedication (or the debts on their house 'cause they never learned to deal with money)... let them play on. I don't mind seeing KG, TD, Kobe, Dirk and all others a couple more years. In the opposite, I enjoy seeing them still being around, still contributing most nights or even leading their team.

I'm not sure how competetive Finey would be nowadays but there are positve examples. Maybe he's found the fountain of youth. If he makes the cut, congrats!

11-23-2012, 11:40 AM

11-23-2012, 12:14 PM
Too young for the Knicks

11-23-2012, 12:20 PM
Too young for the Knicks


I think it's valuable to have guys like Finley on the bench. The Knicks bench is full but I'm sure there is another contender who could use him. Mavs backcourt just got a lot more crowded though now that OJ Mayo is finally breaking out this season.

11-23-2012, 12:33 PM
Back in Spurs maybe

11-23-2012, 02:26 PM
He's going to Clippers or Lakers to secretly recruit Cp3 and or Dwight. Whomever he doesn't practice with, he'll find some contact with them on occasion.