Mavericks rumors: Kyrie Irving nearing new shoe deal
By Noah Weber
Dallas Mavericks guard Kyrie Irving went on Instagram Live on Wednesday afternoon and dropped news about his upcoming NBA free agency plans and his free agency plans in the sneaker business.
Irving was a longtime Nike athlete, but the company terminated their contract with him on Dec. 5, 2022, after he posted the link to anti-Semitic content. He continued to wear his signature Nike Kyrie's with tape covering the logo, but a new shoe deal was imminent.
Dallas Mavericks rumors: Kyrie Irving has new shoe deal on the way
Fans now have an idea of who Irving may sign with as Brandon Robinson of Bally Sports reported that Adidas and Puma are two sneaker companies interested in agreeing to a deal with the eight-time All-Star.
Rumors of him signing with Li-Ning were swirling during the season, but have been put to rest as Irving and his team are no longer interested.
On Irving's Instagram Live, he said that he will make his decision on what sneaker company he would be signing with soon. It could be Adidas, Puma, or a different unnamed company.
He could even shock everyone and make his own brand.
Irving is entering free agency after playing 20 games with the Dallas Mavericks where he averaged 27 points and six assists, and fans want him back bad as ever after a reported "handshake deal" occurred between Dallas and Irving before the trade. But nothing is guaranteed in the NBA. He will likely go to where the money is, and Dallas may not want to offer him a max contract.
Irving has all the leverage this summer and can sign wherever he pleases. Dallas will be ecstatic to keep him as he is their biggest offseason priority, and it would be devastated if they lose him for nothing. Trading for him would go down as a mistake if they lose him as they gave up depth and serious draft capital.
Stay tuned to see which company Irving signs with as he starts a new chapter in his sneaker journey next season. You won't want to miss out on any of the free agency news surrounding the Mavericks this summer, so stay tuned.