Crazy trade for Dallas Mavericks to land a second star to pair with Luka Doncic: 2. Land Kyrie
Kyrie Irving has a $36.5 million player option for next season, and his situation in Brooklyn is one of the most difficult to read in the NBA. The 30-year-old only played 29 games this season because he did not comply with the New York vaccine mandate. Irving was spectacular when he returned, but are the Nets willing to offer him a massive five-year max after his availability has been spotty at best since coming to Brooklyn in 2019?
If not, does Kyrie decide to play elsewhere next season? He joined forces with Kevin Durant in Brooklyn because the two superstars wanted to play together. Has that changed? Does Irving want a fresh start?
Who knows, but if Kyrie hits the market, Bill Simmons floated the idea of the Mavericks doing a double sign-and-trade with Jalen Brunson going back to Brooklyn. That deal could look something like this.
This could look like an overpay for Dallas, but Kyrie is one of the most talented basketball players on the planet. Question his motivation if you wish, but he can drop 27-6-4 on outstanding efficiency every single night.
This is a swing for the fences move for the Mavericks. Luka Doncic is one of the best players in the league, so adding Kyrie Irving makes them instant title contenders. This move won’t happen as Dallas is prioritizing chemistry and fit around number 77, but it is fun to think about a motivated Kyrie playing off Luka.