Will Kyrie Irving run Luka Doncic off of the Dallas Mavericks?
Will Kyrie Irving help run Luka Doncic off of the Dallas Mavericks?
Expecting Kyrie Irving to stay long-term seems foolish given his track record. He did play six seasons in Cleveland, but the 30-year-old was young and finding his place in the league. Irving is an unquestioned star at this stage that is one of the best players on the planet. There will always be a market for a player of that talent.
When Kyrie leaves, does Doncic exit? It is what made the aggressive swing by the front office so interesting. They felt pressure to improve the roster from number 77, so the Mavericks pulled off the deal, but it has a high probability of backfiring.
They are figuring out how to play together, and the best is still yet to come from Luka and Kyrie. Will they compete for a championship together? The Western Conference is deep but wide open. Can the Mavericks go on a deep run? The hottest team is likely to reach the NBA Finals this season.
The Dallas Mavericks cannot expect Dirk Nowitzki’s loyalty from Luka Doncic. They must build a title contender around him to keep him in Dallas. More moves must be made this summer. They need to re-sign Irving along with adding a 3-and-D wing and a rim-protecting center. The Mavs will struggle to contend without those pieces.
Fans should not worry. Luka Doncic is going to be in Dallas for at least two more years, so sit back and enjoy the show now. Nobody knows what is going to happen next, but credit to the Mavericks for being bold. It could cost them number 77, but the optimistic view says the team could win the title this year. Stay tuned to see how it shakes out.