The Kyrie Irving to the Lakers rumors started flying once again after the star point guard was spotted in Los Angeles on Friday night. He was supporting his former teammate LeBron James and the Lakers in their Game 6 win over the Grizzlies at Crypto.com Arena to clinch their first-round playoff series.
Re-signing Irving is the Mavericks' biggest priority this summer, but could the Lakers pry the soon-to-be unrestricted free agent away from Dallas?
The eight-time All-Star played four seasons with James on the Cleveland Cavaliers, and they won a championship together in 2016. If the Lakers don't win the title this year, they could be looking to make some major changes to their roster, and bringing in Irving could be one of them.
What could Dallas Mavericks get in a potential Kyrie Irving sign-and-trade with the Los Angeles Lakers?
The worst-case scenario for the Mavericks this summer is losing Irving for nothing. They lost Jalen Brunson for nothing last summer, and they can't make that same mistake again. If Irving wants to sign elsewhere, the best bet for both sides is to orchestrate a sign-and-trade.
The Mavs would acquire assets, while the 6’2 point gets to play where he pleases on a larger contract than his desired team can offer him.
The Lakers are rumored to be the team most likely to steal Kyrie Irving away from the Mavericks, so here is a look at three different potential sign-and-trades between the two sides if he desires to go to Los Angeles.