Kyrie Irving has not committed to any team for the upcoming NBA season, but if he returns to Dallas, he will wear a new number.
Irving wore No. 2 last season after being dealt to Dallas from Brooklyn in February before the trade deadline. It’s the same number he wore during his first six league seasons with Cleveland (2011-17).
If he decides to re-sign with Dallas, Irving will wear number 11 going forward, a number he wore with both Boston (2017-19) and Brooklyn (2019-23). Dallas’ first pick in the latest draft, center Dereck Lively II, will wear No. 2 next season.
The No. 11 jersey was previously worn by Mavs guard Tim Hardaway Jr., who will wear No. 10 if he returns to Dallas.
The eight-time All-Star is currently an unrestricted free agent and will likely get the most money from potential suitors. Dallas has already expressed its desire to retain Irving, who so far hasn’t said anything about his intentions.
Perhaps this new numerical revelation could be a harbinger for the future.
Irving averaged 27.0 points on 51% shooting, 6.0 assists and 5.0 rebounds per game with a 3:1 assist/turnover ratio in 20 appearances for Dallas last season. After Irving joined the team, the Mavs went 10-18 to plummet from fourth in the Western Conference standings to missing the playoffs altogether (Dallas was 8-12 in games played). Irving).
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