The Mavericks have contacted the Nets about their superstar guard;

The Dallas Mavericks are still a Western Conference playoff team, but clearly, things could be better in Dallas. Despite having a middle-of-the-pack strength of schedule, the team has stumbled and bumbled its way to a 14-14 record.

The Mavericks have had the NBA's 20th-ranked offense, with an O-rating of just 107.9, along the way.

That's quite an accomplishment for a team that boasts both Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis on its roster, as well as the league's No. 1 offense in 2019-20.

As a result, it's probably safe to say that the Mavs' mix is off right now.

And it appears that Dallas' decision-makers are already thinking about how to fix the problem.

The Mavs are one of the teams that has contacted the Brooklyn Nets about a certain seven-time All-Star, according to a league source.

According to Ian Begley of SportsNet New York, the Mavs have reached out to the Nets to discuss a trade for point guard Kyrie Irving.

Due to his strong opposition to New York City's vaccine mandate, the 29-year-old, who won a championship with LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016, has yet to play this season.

However, there has recently been renewed optimism that he will be able to play this season.

Irving has averaged 22.8 points, 5.7 assists, and 3.8 rebounds per game over the last decade in the NBA, with an effective field goal percentage of 53.1.

As Begley points out, it's impossible to say whether talks between Dallas and Brooklyn ever progressed beyond the preliminary stage.

He did say, however, that Porzingis' name came up during those discussions.

Under the CBA, a straight-up Kyrie-Porzingis deal makes financial sense.

On the court, however, Irving may be a poor complement to Doncic.

Both players perform best when they have the ball in their hands, and there is only one ball to go around, last we checked.

In Brooklyn, on the other hand, Irving has found a way to get along with Kevin Durant and James Harden, at least on the rare occasions when the three have shared the court.

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If the Nets are truly interested in Porzingis and a deal can be made, the Mavs would be taking a chance by signing him.

Irving currently has the option to opt out of the final year of his contract after the season.

While it's difficult to imagine him walking away from another $36 million, other players have made similar moves only to sign massive, long-term contracts shortly after.

Consider Chris Paul and Gordon Hayward as examples.

Furthermore, even with Porzingis in the fold, the Mavs are already short on frontcourt talent.

Getting Kyrie andmdash; even if he's the best version of himself in Dallas andmdash; isn't likely to be enough to lift the Mavs to the level of the Golden State Warriors, Phoenix Suns, and Utah Jazz.

In other words, if acquiring Kyrie is the Mavericks' big move, it will require more tweaking before it pays off.

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