8 Potential Dallas Mavericks free agent targets with ties to Kyrie Irving

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6. Kevin Love

Love and Irving were teammates for three years in Cleveland, and the Cavaliers went to three NBA Finals and won the championship in 2016. LeBron James was the face of the team, but Irving and Love gave him two co-stars for the most successful run in franchise history. Irving was traded to Boston in 2017, and James departed for LA one year later.

Love did not leave Cleveland until February when he was bought out. The 6’8 forward signed with the Heat for the remainder of the season, and he was credited with helping Miami turn things around to reach the NBA Finals. Love is a 15-year NBA veteran that has done it all in the league. Nothing is going to surprise him, and he can make a massive impact on any contending team.

The five-time All-Star made it clear that the Cavaliers should retire Kyrie’s number back in December, and he offered praise for the current Mavericks guard. There appear to be zero hard feelings there for the way things ended in Cleveland, but would Kevin Love be interested in coming to Dallas this summer?

He is an unrestricted free agent, and the 34-year-old will have his pick of destinations. Love is best suited in a 20-minute per-game role at this point in his career, but he would certainly improve the Mavs’ rebounding and floor spacing if he is interested in a reunion with Kyrie.