Kyrie recruiting LeBron could backfire on Mavs?

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An NBA insider doesn’t think superstar Luka Doncic should be happy that All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving is trying to recruit NBA icon LeBron James to the Dallas Mavericks.

Chris Broussard said on “First Things First” that if he was Doncic, he wouldn’t be happy with what Irving is trying to do.

Doncic, Irving and James are all ball dominant players. That trio, while looking good on paper, probably wouldn’t work on the field.

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The good news for Doncic? The Mavericks are unlikely to pull James from the Los Angeles Lakers, per Jovan Buha of The Athletic.

As for the possibility of James landing in Dallas for next season, a Lakers source characterized it as “unrealistic.” It is logistically unlikely, although technically possible,” Buha wrote. Assuming James plays next season, which remains the team’s position according to The Athletic, the easiest way to get James to Dallas — at least for James, Irving and the Mavericks — would be through trades. the Mavericks’ roster and draft picks show limited resources that the Lakers would not tap into a possible rebuild.

“If James demanded a trade and the Lakers took offers, it would take more than a package of the likes of Tim Hardaway Jr., Dāvis Bertāns, Josh Green, Jaden Hardy, the number 10 in the 2023 draft and another future scoop to close a deal. According to multiple team sources, the Lakers are simply not interested in what Dallas could offer in a trade.”

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James, 38, agreed to a two-year, $97.1 million extension with the Lakers in 2022, which doesn’t take effect until this summer. He’s not going to ask LA for a buyout to join Dallas.

All signs point to Irving re-signing with the Mavericks and staying with Doncic and James, either playing for the Lakers or walking away from the NBA.

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