Kyrie Irving demanded a trade when he couldn’t reach an extension agreement with the Nets. Some may assume the Mavericks, who agreed to acquire Irving on Sunday, have given the temperamental star guard some assurances that they’d sign him beyond this season.
That would be a false assumption, according to Marc Stein in his latest Substack post. League sources told Stein that Dallas has not promised Irving a new contract, since the team wants to see how Irving will mesh with franchise player Luka Doncic before making a long-term commitment.
It’s an obvious risk for the Mavericks to take that approach, even though The Athletic reported that Irving now prefers to head into unrestricted free agency with the hope that his new team, which also gains his Bird rights, will sign him to a four-year, $198MM maximum salary deal.
Dallas is counting on Irving’s relationships with coach Jason Kidd and president of basketball operations Nico Harrison, a former Nike executive, to facilitate a fruitful partnership. The Mavericks are also looking to make other moves with the aim of making a serious run at the title this season.
If the Irving gamble doesn’t pan out for Dallas, the club would have to strike gold in free agency to minimize the trade’s impact. The Mavs are giving up two solid rotation players in Spencer Dinwiddie and Dorian Finney-Smith, an unprotected 2029 first-round pick, a 2027 second-round pick, and a 2029 second-round pick. The Nets threw forward Markieff Morris into the deal.
Stein also offers up some other interesting tidbits:
- The Mavericks initially attempted to send the Nets Christian Wood‘s expiring contract or one of their two burdensome long-term contracts — Tim Hardaway Jr. and Dāvis Bertāns. Wood, who is headed to free agency unless he signs an extension, could still be moved before the trade deadline.
- A source suggests to Stein that one of the presumed objectives of Nets owner Joe Tsai was to not trade Irving to the Lakers — his preferred destination.
- Doncic signed off on the deal, not only because he was intrigued by the prospects of playing with another star but also because he’ll no longer have to shoulder the offensive load.
- As Stein previously reported, the Clippers have shown some interest in Wood, along with Timberwolves point guard D’Angelo Russell, who is also on an expiring contract.
31 thoughts on “Mavs Don’t Plan To Offer Irving In-Season Extension”
Okay good, the Mavericks aren’t completely insane.
I wonder who else mavs are targeting
I’d target Nurkic
Wood for Nurkic straight up
Mavs will offer a big contract to Irving in summer.
Contract with $160 million has a positive trade value.
I believe they can’t offer him more than 2 years.
As an extension. In the summer he would be re-signing using bird rights. Completely different scenarios.
Any contract for Kyrie with more than 1 year on it is poison and has zero value around the league…
The Nets only managed to fleece the Mavs because Mark from Cuba is clueless about basketball and there was 1 year on the contract…
If the Nets had extended Kyrie they’d have no chance of getting rid of an often injured post 32 year old short PG on a bloated contract…
Most likely it’s a sign and trade in the off-season
Big baby Kyrie!! He just wanted to stick to Nets and nothing else. No more big contract for you!! Your money will run out and you cant con another team. You did it to yourself!
He is gonna find a very different market to what he is expecting…
No sane GM would offer more than 2 years…
Irving has made $232M so far. Don’t confuse him with the 63% of U.S.Americans who lack the funds to cover a $500 emergency expense.
Unlike the majority of his overindebted compatriots, Kyrie probably doesn’t live paycheck to paycheck.
And he’ll definitely get another big contract, indicated by the assets other team have been willing to give up, only to secure his services for the rest of this season.
Give us Zubac for Wood then it’s a deal
Spurs get Bertans, Wood, 1 First and 2 Seconds
Mavs get McDermott and Poeltl
Now Nets have 3 unprotected Firsts to offer
76ers unprotected First
Mavs unprotected First
Nets 2028 First
Raptors get Ben Simmons and Joe Harris, 4 Firsts
Nets get Siakam and VanVleet
Ben Simmons is a negative youd have to offer a few first to take him. No way Raptors do this. Now if you can try and convince the Spurs to take him with a first or two thats another story but I dont think you have enough first to offer. The Raptors are gonna want a young player to go back with em too.
The 76 pick is not unprotected
Sullivan is suggesting the Mavs trade 2 firsts and 4 second rounders in the span of an afternoon
Sullivan reminds me of Milton from Office Space. Everything he writes just sounds like inane something he’s mumbling to himself.
Sillivan is that guy who calls WFAN at 3am and starts tossing trades at Steve Somers (I have no idea if he’s still doing radio, it’s been some time since I’ve moved from NY).
Pretty sad, Sillivan just comes here and talks basketball, gives his opinions and generally isn’t hurting anyone or even responds to most.
Yet here he is living in your heads rent free.
Jaysfan, We love him and welcome him and I personally miss him when he’s gone. He wasn’t around for 2 months. But as with anyone we’ll call him out when He suggests something that isn’t right or does it make sense. I believe it’s all good natured and in fun and only folks who are offensive are the couple that are offensive to everyone.
Poor Luka… Thinks this could help him…
He may not have the ball in his hands as much, but he’ll have to play double the amount of defence to break even…
You realize that Spencer D. has this season one of the worst defensive ratings in the league, right? KI is an upgrade even in that regard.
His brand is done. Question is, does another star vouch for him, such as Lebron? If not, I don’t think anyone is crazy enough to give him anything more than 2 years (if he’s lucky) and 25-30M per. And that team would most likely be an Irving away from contending and has a strong coach. Miami would be one destination I could see happening, but I struggle to think anywhere else.
Doubt Mavs sent an unprotected pick unless kyrie was likely to resign.
Mavs are are all in … they snag OG. They become legit contenders. Ship Wood for JV from the pels.
Good night Jim kite
Mr Tsai comes across as a petulant spoilt prat, right?
Don’t trade him to LAL… I assume Kyrie must have been mean to his puppy!
I think you are confused…but that would not be unusual.
It is a petty move, but given that it’s going against the pettiest dude in the league and they got a better deal out of Dallas, it’s all good in my books.
Some people in NBA world just don’t want to assist the Lakers in improving, if you recall the Spurs refused to engage in talks with the Lakers when Kawhi wanted a trade. It seems Tsai has joined the group.
I think it is a good trade for both teams
I didn’t know the Mavericks were going to trade for Irving, but I think it’s a good trade
I will be curious to see how it works out for both teams
Why should Tsai deal with the Lakers when he got a better deal from the Mavs?
He got Kyrie and Lebron both with one fell swoop!
I love it!