Kyrie Irving on the Dallas Mavericks would end badly but would it be worth it?
Things do not end well for Kyrie Irving and his NBA team. Ask the Cleveland Cavaliers, Boston Celtics, and Brooklyn Nets. Yes, Irving helped the Cavaliers win a championship, but he requested a trade and wanted out. Things turned sour in Boston before Irving’s departure in free agency, and now this. There would-be drama along the way and an exit involving a trade demand, but would it be worth it?
Was it for the Brooklyn Nets? They acquired Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving in the summer of 2019 and were picked by many as instant championship contenders. In four years, they made three playoff appearances and are on their way to a fourth, but Brooklyn only advanced beyond the first round once. In that year, they lost in the second round to the eventual champion Bucks. There was plenty of drama and off-court noise that came with it all.
The Mavericks have Luka Doncic. The 23-year-old superstar is on pace to be an all-time great, and he is not known for creating drama. Doncic wants to win. He is not a massive fan of talking to the media. Trading for Kyrie means more press and scrutiny. It creates additional drama and likely chemistry issues in the locker room. Do the Mavs want all that?
Dallas wants a second star, but Kyrie Irving is not the answer. He wasn’t this summer, and he still is not. Yes, the talent is there, but it comes with too many problems. The Mavericks cannot afford to pay him $200 million for all those headaches. It could be the force that drives Luka Doncic out of Dallas, and the Mavs certainly don’t want that.
What will the Dallas Mavericks do before the Feb. 9 trade deadline? Stay tuned to find out.