Kyrie Irving is returning to the Dallas Mavericks after signing a three-year, $126 million contract on Friday. Irving was acquired by the Mavericks last season midway through the season via trade. He has a player option in the final year of the deal.
Irving’s return to Dallas was first reported by Shams Charania of The Athletic. The 31-year-old guard will be looking to have more success in the upcoming season after they failed to make the playoffs this year.
There were initial reports that Irving would meet with several teams but it seems like he was already planning to return to the Mavericks. One of the teams linked with Irving was the LA Lakers, who brought in Gabe Vincent on a three-year contract.
NBA fans reacted to Kyrie Irving’s return to the Dallas Mavericks on Twitter. The internet is divided due to Irving’s history of asking for a trade. He wanted out of the Cleveland Cavaliers, bailed on the Boston Celtics after saying he wants to return and all the things that happened in Brooklyn.
Nevertheless, Irving remains one of the most talented players in the NBA when on the court. Injuries and personal controversies have cut short his production over the years but seems to play well with Luka Doncic. Dallas’ problem was not having perimeter defenders to help prevent their opponents from scoring.
One fan thought that Mavericks owner Mark Cuban should sell the team:
“Mark Cuban sell it all off man.”
Another fan claimed that Irving’s meeting with other teams was just a tactic:
“Bro was just meeting with other teams to make the Mavericks nervous.”
This fan is happy about Lakers fans who thought Kyrie was coming:
“Sorry Lakers fans.”
A Celtics fan predicted that Irving will request a trade in no time:
“Kyrie Irving about to request a trade in a year.”
This fan thought the Mavs overpaid:
“Holy freaking overpay.”
Here are some of the best memes about Kyrie Irving’s decision to return to the Dallas Mavericks:
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Edited by Juan Paolo David