Rumors: Mavericks discussed Kyrie Irving trade with Nets

Dallas Mavericks, Kyrie Irving
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The Dallas Mavericks need to upgrade their roster ahead of the Feb. 10 trade deadline. They are currently 14-13 and sit seventh in the Western Conference. Dallas must add more talent around superstar Luka Doncic if the Mavs want to make a deep playoff run.

Kyrie Irving is likely the best player available at the deadline. The seven-time All-Star has not played a game this season. He is not allowed to play in Brooklyn because of a vaccine mandate, and the Nets decided it was untenable for him to only suit up for road games. Irving remains unvaccinated, and the Nets could look to trade him for additional help in their title chase.

The Mavericks entered the Kyrie conversation on Feb. 14 when Ian Bagely dropped the rumor that Dallas had talks with the Nets about a deal. He noted that Kristaps Porzingis was discussed, but there is no word on how the talks went. Here is the latest, and the rebuttal on Mavs owner Mark Cuban.

Rumors: Dallas Mavericks discussed Kyrie Irving trade with Nets

Brooklyn has Kevin Durant and James Harden and currently sits atop the Eastern Conference. If Kyrie is unavailable this season, the Nets may try to trade him for pieces that can help them contend for a championship.

Every team in the league should be making a call on Kyrie. He was an All-Star and All-NBA selection last season. Irving can play on or off the ball and helped the Cavaliers win a championship in 2016. He is a game-changer and one of the best point guards in the league.

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban denied the rumors that Dallas discussed an Irving deal. The Mavs may not have the pieces to pull off a trade, but it is a conversation worth having as they look to improve their roster.

Trade rumors are just gaining steam as the restrictions on players signed during the offseason lifts on Dec. 15. Check back to The Smoking Cuban for all the latest on the Dallas Mavericks.

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