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Dallas Mavericks: How the James Harden trade impacts the Mavs

Dallas Mavericks James Harden Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Dallas Mavericks James Harden Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
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Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic James Harden Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

How the Dallas Mavericks were impacted by the James Harden trade: 2. Houston done making moves?

The Rockets may not be done making moves. Two of the three players they acquired in the Harden deal are unrestricted free agents in 2021. Houston only has eight players under contract for next season. Victor Oladipo, P.J. Tucker, DeMarcus Cousins, and others will all hit the open market this summer without extensions.

The Rockets need to decide before March 25 if they plan on pushing for the playoffs this season or want to add more draft capital by moving some of their veterans. Their figures to be plenty of interest in Oladipo and Tucker. A contending team would buy Cousins as bench depth. David Nwaba, Ben McLemore, Sterling Brown, and Dante Exum are all pieces that could help a team pushing for the playoffs.

Expect Houston to be open for business before the deadline. The Dallas Mavericks would love to trade for Tucker or Oladipo to solidify themselves as title contenders. It will not be easy making a deal with the rival Rockets, but Houston should be looking for the maximum return. The Mavs have cap space this offseason to re-sign any player that is acquired too. Stay tuned on this one.

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