5 things Dallas Mavericks must do to keep Kyrie Irving in free agency

Tyler Watts
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The Dallas Mavericks pulled off a blockbuster trade for Kyrie Irving before the deadline. The eight-time All-Star requested out of Brooklyn after tumultuous three and half years. Dallas was on Irving’s wish list, and the Mavs jumped at the chance to put a second star next to Luka Doncic.

Kyrie is an unrestricted free agent this summer, and the two sides agreed (subscription required) to hold off on talks until after this season. Irving will be free to sign with any team, but the Mavericks appear to be the most likely landing spot.

Re-signing Kyrie is far from a slam dunk. There is mutual interest between Irving and the Lakers, and they are the biggest threat right now. The Suns and Clippers also made offers before the Nets dealt him to the Mavs. What does the organization need to do to make sure Irving stays in Dallas?

Dallas Mavericks must offer Kyrie Irving a max contract to keep him long-term

Part of Irving’s trade request (subscription required) was the Nets not offering a full max extension. Brooklyn wanted stipulations after everything they went through since Kyrie arrived in 2019. The eight-time All-Star is one of the most talented players in the league, and he believes that means getting a full max contract.

Every team with the required cap space can offer him a four-year deal worth around $201 million this summer in free agency. The numbers will not be finalized until the salary cap is set, but it is a massive payday. Dallas will have Irving’s Bird Rights, so they can offer him a fifth year and larger raises. His five-year max projects around $272 million.

If the Mavericks offer the five-year max, Kyrie will be leaving a lot of money on the table to sign with another team. Dollars are not everything to Irving. Yes, he wants to get paid, but Dallas needs to consider how the 6’2 superstar feels about his long-term situation.