2. No guarantee about Kyrie Irving's future
Kyrie Irving signed a three-year, $126 million contract with a player option in year three to return to the Dallas Mavericks this summer. Despite the guarantee of Irving on the roster for at least two more seasons, barring a trade request, the Mavs are definitely not guaranteed his loyalty beyond that time period.
Kyrie is 31 years old, and as timeless as his game continues to be, Father Time spares no victims (outside of maybe LeBron James). The Mavericks could be left with a waning co-star heading into free agency in the summer of 2025 with no immediate replacement valve if Irving starts to show signs of slowing down. Hopefully, Irving ages gracefully, but his health will be something to monitor going forward, too.
Despite that, one would expect Irving not to fall off too drastically within the next two seasons, at the very least. While the Mavericks still have Irving as Doncic's running mate for the foreseeable future, they can't be hesitant to expend whatever resources they need in the next two seasons if they want to build a championship-caliber roster around those two.
Championship windows seldom come around for any NBA franchise, and if the Mavericks punt on getting any better throughout the year and don't make any moves to thrust them into contention, they'd be doing a complete disservice to themselves, Doncic, and Irving.
The Mavericks should go all in during both of the next two seasons if they want to get the most out of Irving's time in Dallas.