Kyrie Irving’s reported interest in reuniting with LeBron James in Dallas was a hot topic of discussion during the brief layover between Games 2 and 3 of the NBA Finals.
While the story sparked intrigue across social media, questions about Irving’s future still remain. According to The Athletic’s Jovan Buha, if the LeBron-to-Dallas train never makes it into the station, multiple Lakers sources said a move to the West Coast isn’t in the cards for Irving, either.
Buha reported Monday that the team isn’t interested in either adding Irving to its roster this offseason, or in what Dallas could offer in a trade for James.
NBA correspondent Marc Stein also reported Monday that Irving “wants to stay” in Dallas and has consistently expressed a desire to stay with the franchise.
The News’ Brad Townsend broke down the scenarios that would have to take place for a James-Irving-Luka Doncic trio to work out on the Mavericks’ roster.
“As Bleacher Report’s [Chris] Haynes noted, both Irving and James would have to take significant salary cuts to play together in Dallas, and in James’ case he’d have to first take a buyout. Does anyone envision either one of those scenarios happening? Of course not,” he wrote.
“The Mavericks’ other path to getting James would be to trade for him and, among other prohibitive facts, his contract has a 15% trade kicker. Even if James tried to force the Lakers’ hand, it’s unlikely they’d want any combination of Dallas’ best assets that don’t include Doncic.”
When it comes to Irving’s future, the All-Star has played his cards close to his chest. Two weeks ago he was working to quiet things down by saying he was in no rush to make a decision this offseason amid his free agency. Yet, this seems to be a saga that will include many parts.
At least there is still the new Irving shoe deal announcement to look forward to in the meantime.