He hopes to sign another long-term, expensive contract after being dealt to the Dallas Mavericks from the Brooklyn Nets in February. A maximum deal may be what Irving is after, but after years of contentious comments and choices on and off the court, the market for the erratic player isn’t exactly strong.
Even so, Irving remains one of the NBA’s most gifted offensive players, and as we saw with Dallas’ trade for him in February, there will always be a club ready to take a chance on him. In anticipation of Irving’s impending free agency on June 30th, here are three potential destinations for him to take up residence in, as per CBS Sports.
3. Houston Rockets
It would be surprising to see Irving sign with the Rockets if they failed to get James Harden, but it has been claimed that he will speak with numerous clubs when free agency begins. It’s possible that Irving and his team are using this as leverage to attempt to convince the Mavericks to increase their offer.
It may not go down well in Dallas, however, since there aren’t many clubs that would be willing to pay what he’s asking. If winning is the most crucial factor for Irving, then Dallas is the clear winner between the two Texas clubs with Doncic currently on the roster.
2. Los Angeles Lakers
Even though the Lakers haven’t been linked to another Irving in recent reports (rather the contrary has been reported), it doesn’t mean they won’t do it again. The Lakers would have to do some serious financial juggling to get Irving to Los Angeles, but it’s doable if both teams are committed to working together. Even more so if Irving forwent a max deal in favor of a wage reduction.
1. Dallas Mavericks
Re-signing Irving is expected to be Dallas’ top priority this summer. The Mavericks acquired him in a blockbuster trade at the February trade deadline that cost them Dorian Finney-Smith, Spencer Dinwiddie, an unprotected first-round selection in 2029, and two second-round choices.
The recorded problems in Boston and Brooklyn show that Dallas should negotiate a little before signing Irving, but granting him a max contract carries a high degree of risk. Even though Irving has a lot of issues that might restrict his time with the Mavericks last season, he is undeniably a dynamic offensive threat in the few games he played in.