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Free Agency Rumor: Mavs, Kyrie Irving Have ‘Handshake Deal’ for Max Contact

While the national media continues to try to push Kyrie Irving to the Los Angeles Lakers this offseason, one report says he already has a handshake deal in place with the Dallas Mavericks.

Heading into an offseason that came much sooner than anyone in the organization expected, the Dallas Mavericks proclaimed that re-signing star guard Kyrie Irving was their top priority. Given that the Mavs gave up two starters and an unprotected 2029 first-round pick to acquire Irving at this year's trade deadline, that makes a lot of sense, but that logic hasn't stopped the national media from trying to push him to the Los Angeles Lakers this summer.

However, one report from Bleacher Report's Eric Pincus, who used to work at ESPN, feels more realistic than anything else we've heard about Irving and the Mavs so far.

"I hear they had a handshake deal before the trade [with the Brooklyn Nets]. And Kyrie wouldn't have said yes to anything less than the max," one source told Pincus.

Said another player agent, according to Pincus: "I hear he's going back to Dallas on a 3+1 [a player option on the fourth year]. His contract will line up [identically] with Luka's."

On today’s episode of the Mavs Step Back Podcast, we discuss the conflicting reports about Irving’s future in Dallas, and why Pincus’ latest makes the most sense based on the league’s new CBA. We also talk about how the conference finals have been a lot of fun despite both series being lopsided at 3-0.

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