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Should the Mavericks trade for Kyrie Irving?

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What would it cost the Dallas Mavericks to acquire Kyrie Irving?

Does Irving want to play? Marc Stein reported (subscription required) back in October that he could retire if Brooklyn trades him. Multiple teams would be interested if Kyrie is available and willing to play after being moved, but the superstar point guard must give that go-ahead. 

Irving had one of the best seasons of his career a year ago as he averaged 26.9 points, 6.0 assists, 4.8 rebounds, and 1.4 steals while producing a 50-40-90 campaign. The 29-year-old is an unquestioned superstar, but he has a player option for next season. Any team parting with significant assets would need some assurance that they could keep Kyrie long-term.

The significant uncertainty around Irving could drive the price down significantly. Bleacher Report floated the Dallas Mavericks dealing Kristaps Porzingis and Jalen Brunson for Irving and Day’Ron Sharpe. It would mean the Mavs giving up arguably their second and third best players to acquire the three-time All-NBA selection, but there was no draft capital involved.

The Brooklyn Nets would be selling low on Kyrie Irving if they move him, but how far his value has dropped is difficult to peg given the significant uncertainty around his desire to play and upcoming free agency.