3. Kyrie Irving pulls some funny business
When the Dallas Mavericks made the trade for Kyrie Irving at the deadline this past year, they knew what they were getting themselves into.
Irving was in the final year of his contract, and the Mavericks would have to re-sign him on the unrestricted free agency market with other teams potentially bidding for him.
They ended up getting the deal done, but with Irving’s history, nothing is a guarantee, even if he’s under contract with the team.
Throughout his tenure with the Brooklyn Nets, Irving found himself in disputes with various rules and policies, leading to him missing significant time.
He also got suspended at one point this past season, causing him to miss even more games on top of the time he had missed in past years with the Nets.
Even going back to Irving’s history with the Boston Celtics, he told a crowd of fans that he wanted to re-sign but ended up leaving the following summer anyways.
Obviously, things change. Irving is allowed to change his mind, but if he gets himself into any more trouble with the league, it could end up affecting the Mavericks.
It seems as though Irving has calmed down and is genuinely excited to be in Dallas, but him getting into more trouble would definitely be a disaster for the Mavericks, who just committed a lot of money to him.