The Mavericks no longer are paying Michael Finley. Their financial obligation to him ended a couple years ago.
But the Spurs are going to remain on the hook, albeit for a micro-salary. Finley exercised his option for the 2009-10 season today, meaning he will get paid $2.5 million next season.
That doesn't have any real impact on the Spurs financially. They still were over the cap this season, no matter what, having already gone all-in with the acquisition of Richard Jefferson. And they weren't going to be players in the 2010 free-agent market.
So it's another piece that the Spurs can use for depth next season. And Finley may yet start at one of the wing spots, assuming Manu Ginobili comes off the bench. It'll either be Finley or Roger Mason Jr. alongside Jefferson.
Finley's not a bad asset at that salary and with a modest role.