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Dallas Mavericks: How Lakers acquiring Russell Westbrook impacts Dallas

Dallas Mavericks Russell Westbrook Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports
Dallas Mavericks Russell Westbrook Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports
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Dallas Mavericks Russell Westbrook Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

How Russell Westbrook trade impacts Dallas Mavericks: 2. Lakers to land ring chasers

The Mavs and Lakers will be chasing some of the same free agents this summer. Dallas is hoping to land a marquee name and re-sign Tim Hardaway Jr. Kyle Lowry is the Mavericks rumored target. If they sign about THJ and Lowry, Dallas will want to round out their roster with veterans on minimum deals that are looking to chase a championship.

The Lakers adding Russell Westbrook puts them at the front of that line. Veterans are going to look at the chance at playing with LeBron James and two other superstars as their shot to grab a ring. Los Angeles will be in the market for multiple options after trading away some of their depth.

Will the Mavericks be able to land a few veterans hoping to chase a championship on veteran minimum deals? They did not go that route last year. They signed Wesley Iwundu over veteran point guard J.J. Barea for their final roster spot. The 25-year-old wing was traded to New Orleans at the deadline as the Mavericks added J.J. Redick. Hopefully, they learn from that mistake and sign veterans this summer.

The battle between the Brooklyn Nets, Los Angeles Lakers, and Dallas Mavericks for veterans on minimum deals is just heating up.

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