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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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Could Kevin Durant wait until Dallas Mavericks can get involved in his trade market?

The Mavs owe their 2023 first-round pick to the New York Knicks from the original Kristaps Porzingis trade, but it is the final future first they owe. After next summer’s draft, Dallas will have a full cupboard of selections to deal for a superstar to pair with Luka Doncic.

Fans should expect the team to keep their first-round picks this season as they look to go star hunting next summer. Kevin Durant could be one of the names available if the Nets have another disastrous season filled with drama.

Brooklyn resisted the massive draft capital offers this year, but things can change quickly. The Rockets own the Nets' draft capital from the James Harden deal, but the Nets could just want a fresh start if things go south again. They may trade KD for the best offer on the table, which could be four firsts and three swaps from the Mavericks plus a handful of role players.

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Dallas Mavericks fans can just dream at this point. Landing Kevin Durant is far from a reality, especially with the Celtics likely to offer Jaylen Brown if he becomes available again, but the Mavs will be in the running to trade for a star for the first time since pulling off the first KP trade in 2019. Can they land a big fish next summer? Stay tuned to find out.

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