How Kevin Durant staying impacts Dallas Mavericks: 3. Can’t get involved in trade
It is no secret that the Mavs were looking to get involved in a larger trade. They want to upgrade their roster without giving up significant assets, and the only avenue to do so was jumping in as a third or fourth team in a blockbuster deal. Donovan Mitchell remains on the market, but a Durant trade presented two avenues for which Dallas could attack.
The Mavericks need another ball-handler and playmaker after Jalen Brunson departed in free agency, but the free agent market was not flush with options. Dallas improved their frontcourt this offseason, and they were hoping a ball-handler would become available in one of these blockbusters.
The Mavs appear set to enter the season with just 14 players under contract. Their final roster spot is open, but owner Mark Cuban made it clear the team wants in-season flexibility to make moves.
Fans should expect the Mavericks to sign a few more players for training camp, but it appears their roster is virtually set. They will continue to search for upgrades until the trade deadline. Finding a move that works will not be easy, especially if Dallas wants to keep their first-round picks for a potential summer blockbuster.