1. Los Angeles Lakers
The Lakers are the Mavericks' biggest competitor here, and this could turn into a repeat of the Jalen Brunson situation all over again. LeBron James has been recruiting Kyrie for months, and the Lakers offered two first-round picks to the Nets to acquire the eight-time All-Star. The duo won a championship together in Cleveland, and King James knows what Irving can do on the court.
Irving was spotted at the Lakers game against the Grizzlies on April 28, and he has long had interest in joining forces with LeBron again. Could a reunion be in store this summer?
The Lakers are going to do what King James wants, and they could quickly create some space to sign Kyrie. They would have to decline Malik Beasley’s club option, cut Mo Bamba, and renounce the cap holds on D’Angelo Russell, Rui Hachimura, Lonnie Walker, and Dennis Schroder. That would leave them about $20 million to give Kyrie and still have the right to re-sign Austin Reaves. Is Irving willing to take a pay cut to play with LeBron?
Kyrie Irving can get the most money and years from the Dallas Mavericks, but what does he want? Ultimately, the 31-year-old superstar will get to decide his next team.
Kyrie’s free agency is one of the many things to watch this summer. The Mavs desperately need to improve their roster, and there is a ton of work ahead. Stay tuned for all the latest.