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Why Dallas Mavericks should be watching OKC Thunder closely during training camp

Dallas Mavericks, Ty Jerome, Luka Doncic
Dallas Mavericks, Ty Jerome, Luka Doncic / Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
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The Dallas Mavericks want to add to their roster as they are looking to build an annual title contender around superstar Luka Doncic. The Mavs improved their frontcourt this offseason, but they lost their second-best when Jalen Brunson choose to join the New York Knicks in free agency.

Dallas wants to add a second star, but they do not have the pieces to do so. The Mavs did not have cap space this summer, and the team still owes their 2023 first-round pick to the Knicks from the original Kristaps Porzingis trade. Kevin Durant and Donovan Mitchell are available right now, but Dallas does not have the young talent to make up for their lack of draft capital.

The Mavs could have the opportunity to acquire some young talent on the cheap just before the regular season as the Oklahoma City Thunder are facing a roster crunch. Here is a look at what OKC needs to do before the start of the year, and how the Mavericks could benefit.

Why Dallas Mavericks should be watching OKC Thunder closely during training camp

Every NBA team needs to trim its roster to 15 players plus two two-way contracts before the start of the regular season. The Thunder currently have 20 players under contract, and just three of them are over the age of 25. Oklahoma City has stockpiled draft picks in recent years and their roster features nine first-round picks since 2018.

Thunder have Eugene Omoruyi and Lindy Waters III on two-way contracts, but they still need to cut three players before opening night. Aaron Wiggins and Vit Krejci only have partially guaranteed deals, so both recent second-round picks seem to be the most likely players to be released.

Does OKC let Mike Muscala or Derrick Favors go to get down to 15 contracts? If not another recent draft pick will be on the chopping block. The Thunder will look to make a trade before the start of the regular season, but they will just need to cut players if they cannot work something out.

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