Mark Cuban stopped short of saying Dallas Mavericks would outbid others for Kyrie Irving
Dallas can outbid the others in free agency. They have the power of an extra season and $60 million more to sway Kyrie’s decision, but will they use it? Here is owner Mark Cuban’s answer to if the Mavs could outbid other teams.
"I don't know. I guess there's always too high a price, depending, but now with the new CBA, it's a different world."
The NBA and its Player Association agreed to a new collective bargaining agreement just days ago, and everyone is still trying to figure out the details. It is more punitive for the highest spending teams, which is likely what Cuban was referring to here, but not the strongest endorsement from the owner who must build a title contender around Luka Doncic before it is too late.
Cuban did give an injured Kristaps Porzingis a max contract in 2019 just four months after trading for him. That did not work out as planned, but the 64-year-old billionaire is willing to spend on star talents.
The Dallas Mavericks cannot afford to let Kyrie Irving walk in free agency. They must re-sign him or recoup value via a sign-and-trade. It is unlikely the Mavs get back every cent that they paid for the eight-time All-Star, but they must get something meaningful. Luka wants to play with a second star, and that only makes re-signing Kyrie worth every penny as long as Dallas improves their roster with it.
Will Kyrie be back with the Dallas Mavericks next season?