The Dallas Mavericks want to build a title contender around superstar Luka Doncic, and they are trying to figure out what pieces they need to make that an annual reality. Acquiring a second star may be the fastest path, but superstar duos do not always work out. The Mavs need the right player and fit around number 77.
Kyrie Irving listed Dallas as one of six destinations if he could not reach a long-term deal with the Nets. The seven-time All-Star was interested in pairing with Doncic, but Irving wanted a max deal after a sign-and-trade to do so.
Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the Lakers were the only team interested in a Kyrie sign-and-trade on June 27, and it forced Irving to opt into the final year of his contract at $36.5 million. It appears that the 6’2 guard will be staying in Brooklyn at least for now.
Rumors: Dallas Mavericks not interested in Kyrie Irving as he stays with Nets
Opting in to his contract just means Irving is guaranteed to make $36.5 million next season. He can still sign a long-term extension with the Nets or be traded to any of the 29 other teams. Trading for his massive one-year deal plus an extension only seemed to interest the Lakers, but Brooklyn did not want their return package. It appears Irving will stay in Brooklyn for now but do not be surprised to see things change as the season draws near.
If the Nets and Kyrie cannot reach an extension, Irving will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of next season where he will be free to sign with any team.
Kyrie Irving is one of the most talented players in the NBA, but the Dallas Mavericks could not take the chance on his availability. The 30-year-old needs to prove he can stay healthy and is willing to play 60-plus regular season games before any team is going to want to give him a four-year max extension.
Will the drama die down in Brooklyn with the 6’2 guard under contract for at least next season? Stay tuned, but fans should not expect to see Kyrie in Mavericks blue anytime soon.