Many people expect Kyrie Irving to re-sign with the Dallas Mavericks this summer after a report claimed they had a handshake deal on a new contract, but that is reportedly false, according to Michael Scotto of HoopsHype.
“I've heard there's no truth to any reports that Irving has a handshake deal with Dallas on a new max contract for four years with a player option at this time,” Scotto said, via HoopsHype. “Not to say he won't be back in Dallas. They certainly have all the motivation to keep him after trading for him and the financial resources to make him the best offer possible, but nothing's done as of yet.”
There was reporting around the NBA Draft Combine that the Mavericks had a handshake deal with Irving on a four year max contract with a player option after the third year. Scotto claims that is not true.
Scotto also claims that Kyrie Irving attending a Los Angeles Lakers NBA Playoffs game could have been a leverage play.
“It was certainly a taxing year for him mentally and physically,” Scotto said, via HoopsHype. “The biggest thing to me that I thought of is when he's healthy, he's still one of the top players in the NBA. I think this is more about potentially maybe a little bit of leverage. Kyrie Irving was at Crypto Arena – and if you're D'Angelo Russell getting ready to play a game, that had to be something to look over and see Kyrie there while Kyrie and LeBron are doing their handshakes – and some wondered if this was a leverage play to get the Lakers to make a move to get Irving.”
LeBron James pushed the Lakers to acquire Irving at the trade deadline. Ultimately LeBron James did not get his wish. The Mavericks have the ability to offer more to Irving financially, but there is still a possibility of the Lakers getting involed this summer.
With the report of a handshake deal possibly being false, it will be interesting to see where Irving lands in free agency this summer.