Will Kyrie Irving choose Mavericks over joining LeBron James and Lakers this summer?

Tyler Watts
Dallas Mavericks, Kyrie Irving
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Will Kyrie Irving stay with Dallas Mavericks or join LeBron James on the Lakers?

Nobody knows the answer. Not even Kyrie because there is still time to change his mind. Irving requested a trade last summer, and the Mavericks and Lakers were both on his wish list. He was traded to Dallas but is that enough to put them in front? The Lakers and Suns figure to offer alternatives, and Kyrie has played with both LeBron and Kevin Durant in his NBA career.

The Mavs are the front runners in Irving’s free agency. Put Dallas at about 50-50 to keep him, but it will take a five-year max contract to make that a reality. The Mavericks would prefer fewer years, but they will not have much leverage as Kyrie leaving is a serious possibility.

The Lakers are the most likely team other than Dallas at about 30 percent. There is a 20 percent chance that Irving signs with one of the other 28 teams this summer. The Suns and Clippers have legit shots if they can convince Dallas to do a sign-and-trade.

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Will the Dallas Mavericks only get a few months of Kyrie Irving before he departs in free agency this summer? Can they keep him long-term? Does that take a full five-year max contract? Stay tuned because all of those questions will be answered in the coming months, so please stay tuned.