Mark Cuban disputes Kyrie Irving trade report

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DALLAS (105.3 The Fan) - Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has disputed a report that his team had trade discussions with the Brooklyn Nets about a deal involving point guard Kyrie Irving.

SNY's Ian Begley reported Tuesday that Dallas had trade talks with Brooklyn, and Mavs big man Kristaps Porzingis came up in those discussions. It's unknown if those talks advanced past an exploratory stage.

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However, just a short time later, NBA insider Marc Stein reported that he had spoken with Cuban, and the Mavs owner said his team "has had no trade discussions with the Nets about Kyrie Irving."

Irving has sat out the entire season thus far because he is unvaccinated and New York City has a COVID-19 vaccine mandate in place that prevents him from playing home games at Barclays Center.

But, it appears that he could be on his way back to playing games in the near future, as NBA insider Shams Charania reported Monday that there is a “renewed optimism” that Irving will be returning to action soon.

In the report, Charania said his sources are telling him that Irving's return to the team is yet unclear, and it's even more unclear whether Irving will be returning fully vaccinated or unvaccinated and only play during road games.

As for the Mavs, they aren't a championship caliber team as currently constructed. The team needs to be upgraded at multiple positions and the front office has yet to fulfill their offseason wish to add another playmaker alongside superstar point guard Luka Doncic.

A healthy and productive Porzingis would represent the team's best chance of getting a quality piece in return, but that would just create another void in the team's already dreadful frontline.

Porzingis has shown very well this season for Dallas, averaging 19.5 points, 7.9 rebounds, and 1.6 blocks per game.

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