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Kevin Durant is staying with the Nets: How does that impact the Dallas Mavericks?

Dallas Mavericks, Kevin Durant, Luka Doncic
Dallas Mavericks, Kevin Durant, Luka Doncic / Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
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The Dallas Mavericks and the rest of the NBA saw their offseason movements slowed by Kevin Durant. The Brooklyn Nets superstar requested a trade on the eve of free agency, despite having four years left on his contract. Teams were salivating about the prospect of acquiring KD and building a super team.

Why Durant wanted to be traded was never quite clear. The Nets have Kyrie Irving, Ben Simmons, and a strong cast of role players that are primed for title contention. Sure, Kyrie only has one season left on his deal, and Simmons missed all of last season and is coming off back surgery. Those are drawbacks, but the Nets have one of the most talented rosters in the league.

Durant walked back his trade request on Aug. 23. He is committed to playing for the Nets and ready to lead them into title contention. KD getting traded would have been a game-changing move, but staying is just as massive. How does it impact the Mavs?

Kevin Durant is staying with the Brooklyn Nets: How does that impact the Dallas Mavericks?

The Mavs feared Durant would get traded back into the Western Conference, especially if he landed on his preferred Phoenix Suns. Having Devin Booker, Chris Paul, and Durant would have been a difficult team for Dallas to top as the Mavericks look to take the next step this season.

Durant will be staying in the Eastern Conference, but that still shakes up the Dallas Mavericks and their future. Here is a look at three ways it impacts the Mavs before looking at a potential long-term benefit.

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