Dallas Mavericks acquiring Kyrie Irving is a mistake because of his availability
Irving just finished his 11th season in the NBA, and he has played 70-plus games three times. He has appeared in 60 or more contests in a season just five times. Over the last three years, Kyrie has played in 103 of a possible 218 regular-season games. Yes, the vaccine issues are in the past, but how often can any team expect Irving to be available?
Injuries have been issues for Kyrie for years. He has not played more than 70 games in a season since his days in Cleveland, and Irving will be joining his third team since the Cavaliers if he leaves Brooklyn this summer.
The Mavericks just traded Kristaps Porzingis to the Wizards in part because they could not count on him to be healthy when they needed him most. Acquiring Irving allows that doubt to return. Kyrie just missed the final three games of the Milwaukee playoff series in 2021 after spraining his ankle.
Is Kyrie Irving willing to commit to playing 65 games per season? Will his body even allow him to do so? Recent history suggests no, and that should be the Mavericks' chief worry when thinking about acquiring the extraordinarily talented guard.