The confidence that the Dallas Mavericks had in retaining All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving just 24 hours ago is going to be tested as free agency officially opens.
Per Haynes: "Star point guard Kyrie Irving is expected to meet with the Phoenix Suns along with the Dallas Mavericks and possibly other teams when NBA free agency begins on June 30, league sources tell TNT/Bleacher Report."
"The Suns are still being ultra-aggressive in trying to assemble top talent to play alongside their three stars in Kevin Durant, Devin Booker and Bradley Beal. New Suns governor Mat Ishbia and general manager James Jones are working tirelessly to construct a legitimate championship team."
The Suns and Mavericks aren't the only teams in the mix for Irving, who is reportedly looking to secure a deal with a team he can end his career with, with the report stating that the Houston Rockets could attempt to land a meeting with Irving as well.
Irving has played with Suns superstar Kevin Durant for a few seasons, while both were with the Brooklyn Nets.
The Suns would be hard pressed to add Irving to their team, especially after their recent trade for Bradley Beal.
If the Suns acquired Irving via sign-and-trade, they would be hard-capped at the first salary-cap apron, which is currently projected to be $172 million. The Suns also aren't expected to have access to the $12.4 million non-taxpayer mid-level exception or the $5 million taxpayer mid-level exception at the moment.
The Mavericks remain the favorite to land Irving, despite this new report, but every sports social media platform will be waiting to see how fast Irving moves to a new contract when free agency opens.