The Dallas Mavericks are an organization long known for its stability at the top since owner Mark Cuban bought the team in 2000. Donnie Nelson was with the organization from 1998 until he got fired last summer after more than two decades as GM. Rick Carlisle was the head coach for 13 seasons before resigning in 2021, and Dirk Nowitzki was the Mavs' star player for over two decades.
Cuban wants to build that same stability around Luka Doncic. Nico Harrison and Jason Kidd were fantastic in year one after replacing Nelson and Carlisle, and Dirk is back with the organization in an advisory role. The Mavericks reached the Western Conference Finals, but they need more talent to win the championship.
Can they do it without adding a second star? That is one of the team’s biggest questions. The Mavericks did it in 2011, but it has not happened since unless fans count the 2014 Spurs with Tony Paker, an aging Tim Duncan, and an emerging Kawhi Leonard. Dallas may have their chance to get a second star in Kyrie Irving this summer, but should they do it?
Why acquiring Kyrie Irving would be a massive mistake for the Dallas Mavericks
The drama in Brooklyn is still unfolding. The Nets have not lacked spice since Kevin Durant and Irving joined the team in the summer of 2019. Durant missed the entire first season, and Kyrie played just 20 games, but the Nets made the playoffs.
The following season, they hire Steve Nash as head coach, trade for James Harden, and come inches away from knocking off the eventual champion Milwaukee Bucks in the second round of the playoffs.
The Nets entered the 2021-2022 season as title favorites, but things unraveled. It started with Irving sitting out because he refused to comply with a New York City vaccine mandate. He played just 29 games this season, and his absence was part of the reason why Harden forced a trade to Philadelphia. The Nets went from title favorites to swept in the first round of the playoffs.
Irving has a $36.5 million player option for next season, but he wants a long-term deal, So far, the Nets have been reluctant to give him one. Kyrie even let out the six teams on his trade wish list on June 23.
The Dallas Mavericks are one of his preferred destinations, but here is a look at why acquiring Kyrie Irving would be a mistake.