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Could the Dallas Mavericks capitalize on the Brooklyn Nets turmoil?

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How could the Brooklyn Nets change things this offseason?

The Nets only have eight players under contract for next season and already have $154 million committed in salary when counting the player options for Kyrie Irving and Patty Mills. They are already over the cap, so they will only have the taxpayer mid-level exception, minimum salaries, and trades to make changes.

Irving is the main free agency talking point for Brooklyn, but the restricted free agency of Nicolas Claxton is significant. The 23-year-old big man has shown plenty of flashes during his first three seasons but has never played more than 21 minutes per game. Will the Nets be willing to shell out the luxury tax penalties to keep Claxton or do they let him walk?

Seth Curry, Joe Harris, and Cam Thomas will have plenty of trade value if Brooklyn decides to explore the market. The Nets will have their eyes on acquiring veterans and defense. Curry is most likely to stay, but Mavericks fans thought the same thing before he was dealt to the Sixers in 2020.

Brooklyn is not going to run it back with the same roster. They will bring in new free agents and are likely to make some trades. Could the Dallas Mavericks capitalize on the Nets' upcoming movement?

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