Following the end of the season for the Mavericks, rumors started circulated about Kyrie Irving’s future. The 2016 NBA champion, who became an unrestricted free agent this summer, has been linked with the Lakers.
Reportedly, Irving’s ex-teammate LeBron James wants to re-unite with the point guard in Los Angeles. Though the path to the Purple and Gold is complicated and would require cooperation from the Mavs which they are not interested in.
Then another report came out that Kyrie is recruiting James to come to Dallas instead. Again, such trade is virtually impossible.
According to NBA insider Marc Stein, the reality is that Irving wants to continue playing for the Mavericks and wants to prove his value to the team.
“I think based on everything I’ve heard, Kyrie wants to stay in Dallas,” Stein said on #thisleague UNCUT podcast, via HoopsHype. “And one motivation that that was suggested to me is that, you know, he’s tired of the narrative that he’s trying to get his, you know, force his way to the Lakers.
“And you know, so why not try to convince LeBron to come to the Mavs even though again, that’s just not possible. But it’s negotiation time. And he wants to you know, establish himself as having value to the Mavs both on and off the court. That was really my first reaction.”