Will the Dallas Mavericks regret the Kyrie Irving trade?

Tyler Watts
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The Dallas Mavericks traded for Kyrie Irving a few days before the deadline. The eight-time All-Star requested a trade out of Brooklyn, and the Mavs jumped at the chance to put a co-star next to Luka Doncic. It was a blockbuster deal that had fans dreaming out what could be with two of the best players in the league in Dallas.

So far, things have not worked out. The Mavericks are 6-9 since the trade, and 3-6 when both Irving and Doncic are in the lineup. Both players are dealing with injuries, and Dallas dipped below .500 for the first time since Dec. 19 with their loss on March 13. The Mavs are in danger of missing the postseason and the panic meter is at an all-time high.

Will they regret trading for Kyrie? The 30-year-old point guard is set to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason. He could easily walk and leave Dallas empty-handed. The Mavs want him to sign a long-term deal, but nobody knows what will happen. Here is a look at why the franchise will likely regret the trade when looking back on it a decade from now.

Even signing Kyrie Irving in free agency may not be a win for the Dallas Mavericks

Kyrie wants a max contract, and the eight-time All-Star deserves one. Some team is going to offer him a four-year deal worth more than $200 million. If the Mavericks plan on keeping him in Dallas, they will have to match or exceed that proposal. Dallas has his Bird Rights, so they can offer five years and significantly more money. Will they?

Three things could happen this summer regarding Kyrie’s free agency. A team with cap space signs him, and the Mavericks lose him for nothing. That is what happened with Jalen Brunson, but most of the teams on Irving’s wish list will be over the cap. Dallas can re-sign him long-term or sign-and-trade him to another team. The sign-and-trade route will not recoup what Dallas paid for him, so that should be viewed with some regret.

Even if the Mavericks sign him to a long-term deal, they are not out of the woods. Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving have to make it work on the court or the Mavs will regret the trade and the max contract they handed out to the 30-year-old point guard. Here is a look at why history suggests even signing Kyrie Irving to a long-term deal could spell trouble for the Mavericks.