How the Kevin Durant trade impacts the Dallas Mavericks
How the Kevin Durant trade impacts the Dallas Mavericks: 2. Buyout market competition
The Mavericks have a few holes they are hoping to patch. They are still searching for trades, but Dallas may need to use the buyout market to put the final touches on their roster. Coming off a run to conference finals and having Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving should make the Mavs an attractive option, but the Suns joined that arms race on Wednesday night.
Phoenix has two open roster spots, and they desperately need depth after this move. Kevin Durant, Devin Booker, Chris Paul, and Deandre Ayton are a scary top four, but head coach Monty Williams will struggle to fill the rest of his rotation. CP3 cannot play massive minutes anymore, so Phoenix still has plenty to figure out after this move.
The buyout market rarely produces an important player on a championship roster, but it could this season. John Wall looks to headline the group expected to be bought out, but multiple players that could impact contenders will be free to sign after the trade deadline.
Will the Dallas Mavericks land a rotation piece in the buyout market? The competition is always stiff, and it will be something to watch closely over the next week.