Will the Dallas Mavericks regret the Kyrie Irving trade?
History suggests Kyrie Irving will want out and Dallas Mavericks will not get a massive return
The Mavs are Kyrie’s fourth NBA team in his 12-year career. He lasted six in Cleveland before asking to be traded. The Cavaliers dealt him to the Celtics where he spent two years before leaving in free agency to join the Nets. After three-plus years in Brooklyn, Irving requested a trade that landed him in Dallas.
How long will he be happy with the Mavericks? Dallas first needs to sign him this summer to a long-term deal. LeBron James and the Lakers feel like the biggest threat to pull Kyrie away from the Mavs. Dallas should be viewed as the favorite to re-sign him, but there are zero guarantees.
Even if he signs a long-term deal, the focus cannot shift away from keeping him happy. The Cavaliers got two role players, one first-round pick, and one second-round pick for Kyrie. It was a similar package to what Dallas gave up to acquire him, but Irving will be over 30 and asking out of his fourth team. The Mavs will be lucky to recoup the three draft picks and two key role players they gave up to acquire him.
Even if they get back what they gave up, Luka Doncic will not be happy going back to being the lone star in Dallas. Irving requesting a trade could create a much bigger problem for the Mavericks.