Kyrie Irving is destined to leave Brooklyn Nets after a sour 3-season tie-up. With many teams lurking on the opportunity, as per Fox Reports, Dallas Mavericks is one of the leading contenders who could fetch the services of the talismanic scorer alongside Luka Doncic.
Brooklyn Nets had one of the best offensive modern-day trios in the league. 7 scoring champions in their ranks and a very potent point guard to lead the line, the Nets were the team to beat in the 2022 season. Things didn’t work well for the team and eventually, James Harden was traded in midst of the season. Still, former NBA Champions Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant were very capable stars to stir the team deep in the playoffs. The team had a very unique issue with their stars though, as they hardly had game-time together for various reasons. Irving was absent for more games than he played for the Nets.
And now after 116 games for Brooklyn, Irving’s production didn’t take the Nets to the “promised land”. It made things more pessimistic and as per new developments between Kyrie Irving and the Brooklyn Nets, there is a strong sense that his services are up for grabs in the 2022 offseason. Already, many teams like the Lakers, Knicks, and Heat have emerged as potential competitors in the Irving sweepstakes. But as per reports from Ric Bucher of FOX Sports, the Dallas Mavericks may also join the race.
How could Kyrie Irving benefit Dallas Mavericks?
While the situation with Kyrie is still unknown, there is no doubt that several teams will be on the hunt for Kyrie. His talent is unquestionable, his age is perfect, and his illustrious resume indicates his potential. Even after all the drama in the past few years, he remains the top player for any team.
As reported by one Eastern Conference executive, the Dallas Mavericks offer the best fit for Irving. Mavericks did make it to the 2022 Western Conference Finals, despite all odds. And Dallas’ position is clear – their GM, their coach, and their star player.
The idea of playing with a “young superstar” as Luke Doncic could also be more intriguing. As per a rival GM, “And then there’s Luka Doncic, the Mavs’ superstar playmaker. With Luka, Kyrie doesn’t have to be your best player. He doesn’t have to lead. But they do need a second scorer, and he can do that.”
More so often that Kyrie has some links in Dallas, which could help him, settle quickly in his 1st Western Conference team. Mavericks’ first-year GM Nico Harrison apparently already has a strong relationship with Irving from his previous job as vice president of North America basketball operations for Nike, with whom Irving has had a signature shoe.
Another point widely discussed in Kyrie’s tenure with the Nets was the apparent lack of respect for Steve Nash as a head coach. While at Dallas, Jason Kidd has done a phenomenal job, creating a championship contender team. Plus like Irving, Kidd won a championship, unlike Steve Nash.
Though Irving was not the sole reason for the Nets’ failure, he was heavily targeted by many for not taking due responsibility on the court. Joining hands with Luka Doncic would give former Rookie of the year, some breather and can actually unleash his attacking game with Doncic handling the ball. Moving away would be an easier option for him, but he will always have the baggage of “not delivering at Celtics or Nets” with him if he decides to move on.