What could Mavericks get in a potential Kyrie Irving sign-and-trade with the Lakers?
By Noah Weber
1. Mavericks land wing defender and floor general
The Lakers will be hesitant to move on from Austin Reaves, so this deal lets them keep the 24-year-old after a breakout season, while Dallas sheds a bad contract and gains a lockdown defender.
Mavericks get: D'Angelo Russell, Malik Beasley (Lakers accept team option), Jarred Vanderbilt, Mo Bamba
Lakers receive: Kyrie Irving, Davis Bertans
**Double sign-and-trade: Kyrie Irving agrees to a four-year, $210 million contract and D'Angelo Russell inks a three-year, $65 million deal
The Mavericks' biggest issue was defense last season. They couldn't guard anyone and didn't have a lockdown wing defender after they traded Dorian Finney-Smith. This trade lands them an excellent defender while gaining a guard to play alongside Luka Doncic.
As mentioned before, Malik Beasley and Mo Bamba are practically throw-ins for the Lakers. Neither player is being utilized in the playoffs, but they could both carve out roles in Dallas. They would both likely be playing over 15 minutes per game on the Mavericks as help boost their values in the final years of their respective contracts.
This trade would get Davis Bertans' contract on the Mavericks books. It is one of the most brutal deals in the NBA, and it limits Dallas from making significant moves. The Mavs can look for a third piece to pair with Doncic and D'Angelo Russell if Bertans is shipped elsewhere.
Russell would be the secondary ball handler next to Doncic that could fit similarly to the way that Jalen Brunson did. He could take over when he needed to and be a great facilitator. Russell also understands how to play with a ball-dominant player like LeBron James, so it wouldn't be too big of a change playing next to Luka.
Stay tuned to see if Kyrie Irving will return to Dallas or if he'll be playing elsewhere next season. If the eight-time All-Star doesn't want to come back, Dallas can't let him leave for nothing. They have to pursue a sign-and-trade to lessen the blow, and these three scenarios are potential ways Dallas can make that happen.