What A Potential Mavericks Deal For Kyrie Irving Could Look Like

As we reported earlier on Friday, the Dallas Mavericks are one of the teams that the Brooklyn Nets will be in contact with over a potential Kyrie Irving trade. According to NBA Insider Marc Stein, who has a multitude of ties to the Dallas scene, "the Mavericks, sources say, have indeed contemplated the prospect of an Irving trade since last summer, when Irving was rebuffed in his first attempt to secure a long-term deal with the Nets."

Once again, Kyrie has been rebuffed by the Nets—at least for an extension to his liking—and the Mavericks will revisit a trade. So after all we know about Irving and his inability to simply play ball without any of the off-court nonsense, why might things work out better in Dallas? Stein has some thoughts on that:

All indications are that the Mavericks have confidence in (head coach Jason) Kidd's coaching ability to connect with Irving and Luka Dončić's adaptability to play alongside another ball-dominant guard for the rest of the season. 

Then what could a Brooklyn-Dallas deal look like?

It's believed that Brooklyn would covet former Net Spencer Dinwiddie and in-demand swingman Dorian Finney-Smith in a prospective trade with the Mavericks, while Dallas would surely insist on moving off at least one of its longer contracts (Tim Hardaway Jr. or Dāvis Bertāns) in a theoretical Irving deal.

The one outstanding issue, and it's a biggie, since it's the reason that Kyrie wants out of Brooklyn now, is that "there is no evidence yet to suggest that Dallas is prepared to enter into a long-term relationship with Irving," writes Stein. "How could any team eagerly do so after the constant chaos in Brooklyn for four seasons running?"

A good question, indeed. 

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