The Dallas Mavericks wanted to improve their roster around Luka Doncic, and they knew the team needed a second star if they wanted to contend for a championship. Dallas saw an opportunity to acquire Kyrie Irving, and they pounced on the blockbuster deal. The eight-time All-Star is one of the most talented players in the NBA, and fans have seen strong early returns in his first three games with the Mavs.
Dallas had to part with Dorian Finney-Smith, Spencer Dinwiddie, and three draft picks to acquire Kyrie. They lost their best perimeter defender and their starter in the backcourt next to Luka along with one first-round pick. It was a hefty price to pay, but the Mavericks acquired the best available player at that price point.
Dallas looked for additional moves before the trade deadline, but they could not find anything else. How did the Mavs do during trade season? Here is a look back at the move they made and their quiet deadline day to hand out grades for the team’s action.
Dallas Mavericks acquire Kyrie Irving in a blockbuster trade
The Mavs had two first-round picks that were available to be traded before the deadline, and they only planned on parting with either if it meant acquiring a second star. Kyrie Irving’s trade demand opened the door, and Dallas kicked it down with this deal.
Giving up one first-round pick and two starters for an All-Star starter is a bargain in today’s trade landscape. The Suns gave up four first-round picks and two starters to acquire Kevin Durant.
Yes, Irving has requested to be traded from three different franchises in his NBA career, and things will likely go sour in Dallas at some point, but he is one of the league’s top talents. Kyrie is one of the top ball-handlers, playmakers, and scorers. Dallas wanted a second star, and they have one.
Dallas Mavericks trade grade: B
There is a ton of risk, but the trade makes sense. The Dallas Mavericks got what they wanted, and now it is up to everyone involved to make it work. Kyrie Irving wants a max contract this summer as he hits free agency, and the Mavs are waiting to see how things work out. Will they sign him long-term? Dallas has arguably the best backcourt in the world, so do not count them out of making a deep playoff run and keeping Kyrie for the next four years.
Trading for Kyrie Irving earns a solid B grade. Things will likely end badly, but there could be tremendous play until then. Will it result in wins and deep postseason runs? That answer will ultimately determine the fair grade for this trade, but what about the rest of the trade deadline?