Per Callie Caplan of the Dallas Morning News, they could still look to deal guard/forward Tim Hardaway Jr. and/or center Christian Wood ahead of Thursday’s deadline. Wood, for one, has drawn interest from the Clippers, per Marc Stein of The Stein Line.
That makes sense, as Wood is in the final year of his contract, making $14.3 million this season. While the sides have reportedly discussed an extension, talks have not been fruitful to this point. Per Caplan, the Mavs had been discussing Wood and Hardaway with multiple teams before trading for Irving.
Hardaway has been linked to the Cavaliers in recent weeks, but he is owed $53.7 million through 2024-25. Given his contract, moving him isn’t expected to be easy.
- The Mavs will undoubtedly will want to see how Irving fits next to star guard Luka Doncic before deciding on whether to offer a contract extension, wrote Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated.
- As of now, it does not appear that the Mavericks intend to offer Irving an in-season extension, Stein confirmed.
- The Irving trade could potentially lead to more deals for Dallas, but to a flurry of moves leaguewide prior to Thursday’s deadline, per John Hollinger of The Athletic.
- Doncic signed off on the deal before it was pulled off, as we relayed here. Not only does it offer him the chance to play with another star in Irving, but will help relieve some of the scoring load. Presumably, anyway.
- The Mavs first attempted to move Wood to the Nets as part of the trade, Stein added. They also were hoping the Nets would take either the long-term contracts of either Hardaway or forward Davis Bertans, Stein wrote.