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

Dallas Mavericks, Kevin Durant, Luka Doncic
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How Kevin Durant staying impacts Dallas Mavericks: 1. Nets a title contender for now

The Mavericks want to contend for a championship this season, and the Nets firmly enter that picture with Durant on their roster. Brooklyn joins Boston, Milwaukee, Miami, and Philadelphia in the race to win the Eastern Conference. Can the Nets push the drama to the side and jump into the title picture? Their talent says yes, but they need the on-court chemistry and buy-in to make it a reality.

On paper, the Nets deserve to be ahead of Dallas in the title chase. They are a more talented team with a higher upside. If everything falls right, Brooklyn will be a difficult team to beat in the postseason.

The Mavericks have Luka Doncic, but they must improve his supporting cast to be serious title contenders. Yes, they reached the conference finals last season but lost in five games before losing their second-leading scorer in free agency. The Mavs have more depth this season, but less top-end talent.

Kevin Durant staying in Brooklyn this season could present an opportunity for the Mavericks next summer if the 12-time All-Star and former MVP decides to renew his trade request. Here is a look at why Dallas could not be involved now, but following the season could be a different story.