Has Kyrie Irving played his last game for the Dallas Mavericks?

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Re-signing Kyrie Irving is Dallas Mavericks top priority this offseason

Owner Mark Cuban made it clear during his impromptu press conference on April 5 that the team wants to keep Kyrie.

"I'd love to have him. I want him to stay for sure, and I think we have a good shot. I think he's happy here. He tells me he's happy here, and I get along great with him. I think he's a good guy. All I can tell you is everything I thought I knew about Kyrie because of everything I read was 100% wrong."

Irving has not caused drama during his time with the Mavericks unlike he did in Brooklyn, but the team has not won. Even when healthy, Dallas was just 5-11 when both Luka and Kyrie played during their brief time together. There were plenty of close games, and the Mavs offense was not the problem. Dallas could not get stops, and the superstar duo struggled to figure out how to play off each other in crunch time.

Are the Mavericks' woes a quick fix? They certainly need to add rebounding, rim protection, and strong perimeter defense if they want to get back to the playoffs in 2024, but mostly, Dallas cannot afford to lose Kyrie with zero coming back in return.

The Mavs lost their second-best player and got zero in return last summer. This time letting their number two option walk in free agency would actually have cost them two starters, one first-round draft pick, and two second-round selections. A hefty price to pay for two awful months with Irving on the roster.

The Dallas Mavericks have to find a way to keep Kyrie Irving, but the situation remains complicated.