A Kyrie Irving trade would end badly but is it worth it for the Dallas Mavericks?

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The Dallas Mavericks want to upgrade their roster around superstar Luka Doncic, and they would love to find him a co-star that would vault the team into title contention. That will be easier said than done as Dallas can only trade two first-round picks and they lack a young talent with star potential. The title race is wide open, and Dallas would love to upgrade before the Feb. 9 trade deadline, but can they find the right deal?

Kyrie Irving sent shockwaves through the NBA when he requested a trade on Friday afternoon. The Nets drama had died down in recent weeks, and Brooklyn was fourth in the Eastern Conference, even with Kevin Durant missing the last 11 games. Irving and the Nets could not reach an extension, so the seven-time All-Star wants to be traded before Thursday’s deadline.

Kyrie is no stranger to drama and uncomfortable situations. He is one of the best players in the world right now, and the Mavericks are one of four teams that have been linked to Irving in the hours after his trade demand. Dallas is exploring every option, but is trading for Kyrie worth it?

Kyrie Irving is a superstar talent that would bring a ton of baggage to the Dallas Mavericks

Kyrie has been healthy this season, but the 6’2 point guard did miss eight games after being suspended by the team. It was just the latest in Irving missing time.

Since joining the Nets in 2019, Kyrie has played in just 152 of a possible 285 games when combining regular and postseason. He is one of the most talented players in the league, but that does not help if he is not on the court. Can the Mavs get him to play more and stay healthier?

Irving enjoys drama, and he already forced his way out of two franchises, which the 6'2 guard would like to turn into three before the deadline. Teams are usually willing to pay up if they can contend for a championship. Are the Mavs prepared to give up a trade package for Irving and sign him to a long-term deal?

The Dallas Mavericks want a second star, and Kyrie Irving will be available before the deadline. Whoever pulls off this move will get a talented player, but one that has struggled to stay on the court and comes with a history of creating drama for his team. Is that worth it?