Kyrie Irving’s path to Lakers MADE IMPOSSIBLE, as Mavericks make stunning decision

Why the Mavericks won’t help the Lakers get Kyrie Irving in free agency.


Kyrie Irving’s path to Lakers MADE IMPOSSIBLE, as Mavericks make stunning decision

Kyrie Irving of the Dallas Mavericks (Via The Cold Wire)

Kyrie Irving has been one of the most intriguing and mysterious players in the NBA for years. He has won a championship with LeBron James in Cleveland, left him to lead his own team in Boston, joined forces with Kevin Durant in Brooklyn, and then got traded to Dallas midseason.

Now, he faces another crossroads in his career, as he becomes an unrestricted free agent this summer. He has not given any indication of what he plans to do or where he wants to play next. He has only said that he will make his own announcement when the time comes and that any rumors or reports about his future are meaningless.

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The Lakers are always on the hunt for more stars, and Kyrie Irving is one of the biggest names on the market this summer. Irving and LeBron James have patched things up since their ugly split six years ago, and some Lakers fans are dreaming of a reunion in purple and gold.

But according to RealGM, that’s not going to happen. The Mavericks have the upper hand in the Irving sweepstakes. They can offer him the most money and the longest deal of any team. They also think he and Luka Doncic can be a dynamic duo that can challenge the top teams in the West. The Mavs won’t do the Lakers or anyone else any favors by facilitating a sign-and-trade for Irving. They want him for themselves, and they’re willing to pay up to get him.

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Mavericks not willing to let Kyrie Irving walk away for nothing

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Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving (Via Getty Images)

The Mavericks paid a steep price to acquire Irving from the Nets at the trade deadline last season. They gave up two starters, Dorian Finney-Smith and Spencer Dinwiddie, as well as a future unprotected first-round pick and several second-round picks. They did so with the hope of keeping Irving and pairing him with Doncic, their franchise player who is already putting up MVP numbers.

The Mavericks are not willing to let Irving walk away for nothing or help another team get him for cheap. They are not interested in facilitating a sign-and-trade deal that would send Irving to the Lakers or any other destination. They want to keep him in Dallas or at least get something valuable in return.

Therefore, Irving’s dream of joining the Lakers and playing with James again is dashed by the Mavericks’ refusal to deal. Irving will have to decide between staying with the Mavericks or signing with another team that can offer him a max contract.

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