With the Brooklyn Nets and Kyrie Irving at an impasse, the star guard is now the target of various teams. Amid the controversies surrounding him, teams still see him as a critical piece to the championship puzzle. According to an NBA executive, the Dallas Mavericks may be the perfect fit for Irving, especially with the presence of Jason Kidd.
Irving's off-court antics form part of the fallout between him and the Nets. Another is Irving's apparent lack of respect for head coach Steve Nash. Reports reveal that Irving conducted his own practices immediately after the ones helmed by Nash.
A report by Ric Bucher of Fox Sports notes that one reason behind this seeming lack of respect is that Nash has never won a title. With the Mavs, Irving will have to bow down to Kidd as the coach as the credentials.
"One of the issues in Brooklyn is Irving's apparent lack of respect for Steve Nash as a head coach. While both Nash and Jason Kidd had Hall-of-Fame careers as point guards, Kidd has a championship to his credit — as does Irving — while Nash does not," Bucher wrote.
To recall, when the Nets hired Nash as their head coach, Irving was ecstatic to the point of uttering controversial comments. He said he didn't see Nash as head coach and that he and Kevin Durant could even guide the team from time to time. While Irving's intentions were good, these comments didn't necessarily sit well. There's a line between coaches and players one shouldn't cross.
Playing with Luka
Apart from the presence of Kidd, Mavericks general manager Nico Harrison's link with Irving is a critical point. Harrison worked at Nike, where he became vice president of North America for basketball operations. He worked closely with stars, including Irving.
Of course, when we're talking about the Mavericks, it would be foolish to leave Luka Doncic out of the discussion. But, according to the Eastern Conference general manager, Irving's playstyle fits like a glove with the Slovenian.
"With Luka, Kyrie doesn't have to be your best player," the rival GM said. "He doesn't have to lead. But they do need a second scorer, and he can do that."
The general manager did not have to expound on this matter any further. Irving has played and won a championship with LeBron James, arguably one of the best playmakers of all time. He knows how to co-exist with players like Doncic, who has a knack for playmaking.
As always, everything is a matter of wait-and-see at this point. We don't know what team will Irving end up with. All we know is that he wants out of Brooklyn. And the Nets will be more than willing to ship him out.