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Mavericks make Finley a very rich offer

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DALLAS — The Dallas Mavericks have formally offered two-time NBA All-Star Michael Finley a seven-year, $102 million contract.

Finley's agent, Henry Thomas, told The Dallas Morning News that he received the contract from the Mavericks and was reviewing it. He expects the contract to be signed within a few days.

"At the latest, Monday," Thomas said.

The deal is for the maximum length and amount allowed under the NBA's collective bargaining agreement.

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban isn't concerned about the delay.

"It's not a question of terms," Cuban said. "Just his people getting through the details."

Finley became a free agent when he opted out of his contract after last season. By doing so, Finley will get a hefty pay raise after making about $8.4 million last season.

Finley could have opted for a one-year deal at just under $11 million, which would have enabled him to receive a contract for seven years and $120 million next summer. But the 6-foot-7 Finley will apparently take the long-term deal now.

Last season, Finley made the NBA All-Star team for the second straight season and helped the Mavericks to a 53-29 record, their best since 1988. After overcoming a 2-0 deficit to win a best-of-5 series against Utah in the opening round of the playoffs, Dallas lost to San Antonio in the second round.

For the second time in three seasons, Finley led the NBA in minutes played (42 per game). He was the team's second-leading scorer at 21.5 points and also averaged 5.2 rebounds and 4.4 assists.

After being selected by Phoenix in the first round of the 1995 NBA draft, Finley was traded to Dallas on Dec. 26, 1996. Jason Kidd went from the Mavs to Phoenix.