Dallas Mavericks trade rumors: Interest in Kyrie Irving after star demands trade

Dallas Mavericks, Kyrie Irving
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The Dallas Mavericks want a superstar to pair with Luka Doncic, but they have limited assets to acquire one. They owe their 2023 first-round pick to the Knicks, and Dallas has just two first-rounders available to trade before the Feb. 9 deadline. The Mavs are exploring the market, and a massive domino fell on Friday afternoon when Kyrie Irving requested a trade out of Brooklyn.

The seven-time All-Star could not agree on an extension with the Nets, and he will become an unrestricted free agent this summer. Irving informed the team on Feb. 3 that he would leave this summer if he is not traded before the deadline. The Mavericks, Lakers, and Suns were immediately named suitors for Kyrie.

There is a ton of risk in trading for Kyrie Irving, but there is no questioning his talent. The 30-year-old is one of the best point guards in the NBA when he is locked in, but he has struggled to stay on the court in recent years. Still, Dallas needs more talent, and they have to explore the possibility of adding Irving at a discounted price.

Dallas Mavericks trade rumors: Interest in Kyrie Irving after star demands trade

The Nets risk losing Kyrie for nothing if they do not make a trade before Thursday's deadline. It is not often a seven-time All-Star and one of the 20 most talented players in the league becomes available. The Mavericks will have to give up something to get Kyrie, but it could come at a discount after he told Brooklyn he would leave in the offseason. The package will be the decide factor in a deal getting done before Feb. 9.

Irving has previous relationships with Mavericks general manager Nico Harrison and head coach Jason Kidd. He helped the Cavaliers win a championship in 2016, and the 6’2 point guard would give Dallas a second star next to Luka Doncic. There could be fit issues early on, but Irving is used to playing without the ball and next to another superstar. Luka and Kyrie could become one of the best duos in the league if things break right.

Will the Dallas Mavericks land Kyrie Irving? Their interest has wavered in recent months as the sage in Brooklyn unfolded, and it will likely come down to the asking price. There will be plenty more on this developing story as the trade deadline draws closer, so stay tuned for all the latest.

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