After the elimination of the Lakers at the hands of Denver, only three teams remain in the competition and a maximum of nine games until the end of the NBA season. With the onset of summer, comes the time of transfers, free agents and, above all, smoke in terms of possible moves. One of the names that is going to play the most in the market is Kyrie Irving. The Mavericks point guard will officially be a free agent like I Julia and will be able to play out his future, and despite all the problems he’s had on the track, he won’t be without a girlfriend in the best league in the world.
Because Mark Cuban, the owner of the Dallas Mavericks, has indicated that the main goal of Kyrie’s franchise renewal is to keep the point guard. For him, the Mavs paid a first-rounder in addition to Spencer Dinwiddie, Dorian Finney-Smith and two second-rounders in the February transfer market. Since his arrival, Dallas has fallen from the fourth position to the eleventh, with a non-qualifying game, while the Australian averaged 27 points with 51% shooting from the field and six assists in 20 games. For now, it is reported that the franchise and the player are expected to agree about 200 million four times. One of Brooklyn did not want to give up like one of Cicero.
Among the teams that will be inquiring about Kyrie, as always, are the Los Angeles Lakers. After D’Angelo Russell’s performance in the series against Denver, and in the presence of Kyrie Irving (and Trae Young) at Crypto Arena, in the last game of the game, the rumors returned. Although in order to get Irving, the Lakers wanted to make a financial move by signing D’Angelo Russell. It’s a double sign-and-trade where Russell and Kyrie Irving renewed their contracts with their respective teams and were transferred to another franchise, a very complicated move due to the NBA’s exhaustive connotations.
The two point guards on the Lakers squad, Russell and Dennis Schröder are free agents this summer and one of the franchise’s point guards was raised to improve last season, and a meeting between LeBron James and Kyrie has always been on the table. They tried that in February, although in the last hours other names came forward for the firm based in Hollywood. First, Trae Young, and after him Fred VanVleet. Both, coincidentally, are represented by Klutch Sports, the agency that LeBron James runs and was founded by his best friend Rich Paul. It would be a trade for Young, but in the case of VanVleet, a free agent, they could bring him in for free.
Back to Kyrie, for now the player spoke live on Instagram and made it clear that he does not want to discuss his future. “Silence mention me on Twitter, fans of all teams, leave me alone.” In addition, he confirmed that he did not decide on any attack and pointed out to the media: “The specter of my future is due to all those characters who appear on television, who speak on platforms about teams, I ask you all. I beg your anger by paying attention to it.” Although Kyrie will be a name that will be repeated a lot in the coming weeks, because in the 2023 free agency there are not many names or big promises, and he is one of the most attractive.
A short list. James Harden seems to be between Houston and Philadelphia; Khris Middleton, Kristaps Porzingis, Fred VanVleet and Draymond Green are still deciding whether to exercise their player option, and Kevin Love, Nikola Vucevic and D’Angelo Russell are soon on the list. There will be many role players, but very few star candidates will be available to confirm the ring. And Kyrie will be one of them.
Journalist covering NBA sports from Toronto. After leaving Barcelona, he lived in Boston, Sydney and Bogotá before settling in Canada to bring the best basketball league on the planet. All the NBA, some basketball, because they grew up with Tracy McGrady and Pau Gasol, but also with Sarunas Jasikevicius and Arvydas Macijauskas. He studied journalism in Barcelona, where he works in various media and radio stations, and now he also collaborates with Gigantes del Basket and NBA Spain. It was in the NBA finals in which Marc Gasol, Serge Ibaka and Sergio Scariolo got their first ring. If you don’t see him here, he’s probably on Twitter. …