5 teams that will be chasing Mavericks star Kyrie Irving in free agency

Tyler Watts
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1. Los Angeles Lakers

The Lakers are the biggest threat to signing Kyrie Irving away from the Mavericks. LeBron James has already started his recruitment, and the two have plenty of history together. They helped the Cavaliers win their only championship in franchise history, and the two remain close to this day.

Irving left the Celtics to team with Kevin Durant in Brooklyn when he was a free agent in 2019. Could he repeat the feat to join LeBron James in Los Angeles? Kyrie leaving Dallas this summer is a real possibility. The Mavs could lose their second-best player two summers in a row, and they may get nothing in return.

Irving wants a max contract, so the Lakers would have to get creative to bring him to LA. That likely means trading away multiple players and stripping their roster down to just a handful of players. The Lakers would be over the cap, so they would have to round out their roster with minimum players. It would be a repeat of the Russell Westbrook experiment with Kyrie taking the place of the former MVP.

LeBron and company are a real threat, but Kyrie is favored to return to Dallas on a long-term contract. Will the two sides make a deal? It depends on what Irving wants and where he feels most comfortable.

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Will Kyrie Irving re-sign with the Dallas Mavericks this summer? The soon-to-be free agent has a lot on his plate right now, but keep an eye on what changes over the final month of the regular season and into the playoffs. It will be Kyrie's decision and anything can happen, so please stay tuned for all the latest.