The Dallas Mavericks need another ball-handler after the departure of Jalen Brunson. The options on the free-agent market have dried up, so the only way Dallas acquires one before the start of the regular season is via trade. The Mavs are waiting on the situation in Brooklyn to see if an unexpected opportunity becomes available.
The Nets are focused on finding the right deal for Kevin Durant, but Kyrie Irving figures to be on a new team shortly following the KD resolution. The seven-time All-Star had the Mavericks on his short list of teams before he accepted his player option for next season. Irving wants out of Brooklyn, but the market to acquire him has been tepid.
Rumors: Dallas Mavericks not interested in Kyrie Irving deal
Scotto noted that a member of the Mavericks believes that Kyrie wants to play for head coach Jason Kidd because he grew up idolizing the Hall of Fame point guard. He also said the Nets reached out to Dallas, but they did not return interest in trading for Kyrie. Scotto has all the latest from Las Vegas on the Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving situations, which fans should check out.
Fans should not be surprised that the Mavericks do not have interest in Kyrie. He is on an expiring contract and has played just 103 games in the last three seasons combined. Coach Kidd has talked about chemistry and accountability since taking over the head job in Dallas. Irving does not fit that mold. He is a superstar talent, but the injuries and off-the-court issues have limited the interest to just the Lakers.
Will the Dallas Mavericks add another ball-handler before the start of the 2022-2023 season? They are not interested in Kyrie Irving, but president of basketball operations and general manager Nico Harrison is working the phones on trades. Stay tuned to see if the Mavs find the right deal.