The Dallas Mavericks were the undercard of the NBA's draft lottery with their precarious hold on the No. 10 pick. The 34.1 percent chance it would drop and convey to the New York Knicks was a source of anxiety for the franchise.

But the odds prevailed, and the team got a critical piece to help give Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving badly needed depth, whether in the draft itself or via trade.

Yes, Doncic and Irving both—at least as multiple competing sources indicated at the NBA's draft combine in Chicago.

"I hear they had a handshake deal before the trade [with the Brooklyn Nets]," one source said. "And Kyrie wouldn't have said yes to anything less than the max."

Is Irving worth that price?

"Maybe to Dallas, he is. I'm not sure what the market is for Kyrie, but no one with cap room is giving it to Kyrie. He comes with too much drama," another source said.

Assuming a $134 million salary cap, Irving would be eligible to re-sign with the Mavericks for a five-year, $272 million contract.

"I hear he's going back to Dallas on a 3+1 [a player option on the fourth year]. His contract will line up [identically] with Luka's." one player agent said—which would total $210.1 million.

Doncic is under contract through 2026-27 but can opt out before the 2025-26 season. Together, the pair would earn a combined $87 million combined, ramping up to $107 million if they both opt into their final years.


How to Use No. 10?

After the lottery, the news was too fresh to get a concrete sense of how Dallas will utilize its pick. The team will work out players in preparation, but a trade may be the answer.

B/R's Jonathan Wasserman has Kansas forward Gradey Dick going to the Mavericks in his updated mock tdraft.

"Rookies don't usually play much in the playoffs. If the Mavs expect to be a contender [this coming season], they're probably going to need to trade 10," one source said.

More than one NBA source said they expect Dallas to be a likely destination for Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton. Doncic and Ayton share an agent (Bill Duffy of WME Sports) and are said to have a good relationship.

"The Suns need depth. I can see them getting Tim Hardaway Jr., JaVale [McGee] back, Josh Green and No. 10," another source said. "Phoenix would probably flip the pick to another team for depth, or maybe it'd be a big multi-team deal."

Dallas can offer others like Maxi Kleber, Davis Bertans, Reggie Bullock and Jaden Hardy. But Kleber is said to be one of Doncic's best friends on the team (and one of its better players) and the least likely to be dealt.