How long will Kyrie Irving stay with the Dallas Mavericks?

Tyler Watts
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Will the Dallas Mavericks offer Kyrie Irving a 4-year max contract this summer?

Despite Kyrie’s limited availability in recent years and desire to leave three different franchises in his NBA career, some team will offer him a four-year max contract this summer. Irving requested to be traded out of Cleveland and Brooklyn. He left the Celtics in free agency just two years after arriving, but none of that matters. Teams want Kyrie the basketball player, and they are willing to pay for his premium talent.

The Lakers and Suns will struggle to create the cap space to offer him a max deal, but Dallas thought the same thing about the Knicks offloading money to sign Jalen Brunson. New York did it, and ultimately, signed Brunson away from the Mavericks. If it is not those two, others will be bidding, and Irving wants to get paid with no protections in his contract.

Offering him a four-year deal is a massive risk. The Mavs should have concerns. From availability to long-term fit to team chemistry, Dallas should be asking multiple questions. Re-signing Kyrie to a four-year max contract puts the Mavericks in the luxury tax for every year that he is on the roster. Mark Cuban is about to pay the tax for the first time since 2012, but is willing to do it every season?

Keeping Kyrie Irving long-term will be costly in multiple ways, but the Dallas Mavericks will have to offer it to retain his services. If they don’t, it will be a short five-month stay for the eight-time All-Star in Dallas. Expect the Mavs to offer the deal, but will Kyrie accept it?