If the Lakers frequently come up in rumors around Kyrie Irving, other franchises could also attract his attention. In this case, recent reports explain that Dallas would be a very interesting destination for him! The Texans would have several arguments in their favor.
After years of languishing in the soft underbelly of the league, the Mavs finally seem ready to fight for the title again. Conference finalists this year, Luka Doncic and his teammates want to go even further in 2022-23 and the local front office is working to make this possible. The first step has already been taken, bringing in Christian Wood from Houston. However, we shouldn’t expect the franchise to stop there.
Inevitably, faced with the potential of the team coached by Jason Kidd, some observers immediately start dreaming. Ric Bucher from Fox Sports thus explained recently that El Matador & co. could well be the perfect base for Kyrie Irvingdeparting from Brooklyn:
An Eastern Conference executive suggested the Dallas Mavericks were in the best position to host Irving. The reasons were quite simple: their general manager, their coach and their star player.
One of the problems in Brooklyn is Irving’s apparent disrespect for Steve Nash as head coach. While both Nash and Jason Kidd have careers worthy of the Guards Hall of Fame, Kidd has a title under his belt – just like Irving – while Nash has none. Mavericks GM Nico Harrison apparently already has a strong relationship with Irving, due to his former position as vice president of North American basketball operations for Nike, with whom Irving signed a shoe deal.
And then there’s Luka Doncic, the Mavs’ superstar point guard. “With Luka, Kyrie doesn’t have to be your best player,” the rival GM said. “He doesn’t need to lead. But they need a second scorer, and he can do it. »
While we talk a lot about the Lakers, with in particular a trade that could change everything, it would actually be Dallas who could go for the jackpot. Uncle Drew would in any case have every reason in the world to want to go there.
The Mavs, ideal base for Kyrie Irving?
Indeed, it is common knowledge that the relationship of the 2016 champion with his coach in Brooklyn has been anything but ideal for some time. The Canadian is obviously struggling to maintain a good relationship with his stars, since the situation had been almost identical with James Harden before leaving for Philadelphia. However, Kai would have in Texas a coach ringed as a player in the person of J-Kidd and who therefore knows what to do to win the title.
In addition to that, he has already been linked for a long time to the front office in place, which could facilitate the rapprochement. The concern is that his arrival would necessarily be done by trade… and that the Mavericks do not have much of very interesting to offer to Blacks and Whites. Unless they are willing to let go of Halleluka in return, which simply seems impossible, it may be difficult to acquire the services of the former Cleveland.
On paper, some observers see the Mavs as the best possible base for Kyrie Irving. The problem is that the Texans don’t have that many assets to offer the Nets, so it’s unlikely that such a deal will see the light of day.