Mavericks May Be Threat To Land Nets Kyrie Irving

Kyrie Irving, Collin Sexton


Kyrie Irving drives past Collin Sexton of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

To put it bluntly, Kyrie Irving’s first three seasons with the Brooklyn Nets have been a failure up to this point. In the last two trips to the playoffs with him and Kevin Durant leading the way, the Nets have been eliminated twice without even making it past the second round. Once viewed as a team that was a lock to win an NBA title in the near future, the Nets have barely been able to stake their place as a middle-of-the-pack team.

Brooklyn faces a tough upcoming decision on an extension for their All-Star point guard. Irving can become a free agent this summer by opting out of the final year of his deal. And after playing just 29 games last season, Nets general manager Sean Marks and his front office are not sold on offering Irving a max extension. One Eastern Conference executive tells Ric Bucher of Fox Sports that if the star point guard does hit the open market in July, the Dallas Mavericks could make a run at him.

“While the Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks, and LA Clippers are reportedly interested in Brooklyn Nets point guard Kyrie Irving if he doesn’t opt into the final year of his current deal and tests free agency, one Eastern Conference executive suggested that the Dallas Mavericks offer the best fit,” Bucher Writes.

“The reasons were fairly straightforward: their GM, their coach, and their star player.”

The GM also notes that Kyrie in Dallas would put him in a similar on-court position that he is currently in with Durant on the Nets. He won’t have to be the best player on the team.

“With Luka, Kyrie doesn’t have to be your best player,” the GM said to Bucher. “He doesn’t have to lead. But they do need a second scorer, and