Kyrie Irving does not want to speak about his upcoming in Dallas or elsewhere.
Irving — speaking ahead of his property debut with the Mavericks on Monday, following landing there in a blockbuster trade with the Brooklyn Nets before this thirty day period — insisted that he doesn’t want to talk about a doable contract extension, some thing he and the Mavericks have agreed not to explore till immediately after the time.
Doing so now, Irving mentioned, would create a distraction.
“It puts unwarranted interruptions on us and our crew,” he explained through ESPN. “I’ve dealt with it ahead of, and it is really really emotionally draining to question issues like, ‘What’s the long-expression? What is actually the prolonged-time period?'”
Irving: ‘I’m just taking it a person working day at a time’
Irving is owing to be a totally free agent in the future offseason. He’s suitable to indicator a two-12 months, $83 million extension throughout the season or a 4-year, $220.6 million offer in absolutely free company. He could re-indication with Dallas for up to $272 million over 5 a long time, as well.
Although Irving states he does not want to produce unnecessary distractions in Dallas, he made plenty in latest months whilst in Brooklyn — irrespective of whether it was his refusal to get vaccinated for COVID-19 or his advertising of an antisemitic movie that led to a suspension this season.
Irrespective of the baggage that will come with Irving and the undoubted fascination from other folks in the league in the coming months, Mavericks basic supervisor Nico Harrison said he doesn’t “see any threat involved” with bringing Irving in now.
“I’ve known Kyrie for a very long time. I know his core,” Harrison mentioned by way of ESPN. “I know what sort of particular person he is. I think any person that is ever viewed him engage in basketball is aware of the sort of basketball player he is. So I do not see the danger included. I really see the hazard in not performing the deal.”
Monday marked Irving’s fourth video game in Dallas and 2nd alongside Mavericks star Luka Doncic. Irving dropped 36 factors — 26 in the fourth quarter — in Dallas’ 124-121 reduction to the Minnesota Timberwolves at the American Airways Middle.
Even though it’s still early, Irving has relished his time in Dallas so much. And for as long as he can, he claims he isn’t really heading to target on what is looming this summer time.
“I will say that from the start out, from when I came here, there is been very little but a warm embrace, nothing but genuine enjoy and absolutely nothing but a familiarity of associations that I can definitely glimpse to in times of questioning or confusion,” Irving said via ESPN. “There is certainly just a positive take note there. I am just having it one particular working day at a time. Which is all I can do in this lifestyle. What the future holds is truly only heading to be dictated on what I do appropriate now and how I get ready for individuals up coming methods, and that’s currently being the ideal teammate that I can be in that locker room and a excellent chief out below and inside the Dallas local community and within just the NBA. I am going to just proceed to be myself.
“So I am just placing that to bed and just focusing on what we have in advance of us as a team.”