The Dallas Mavericks made a risky move at the trade deadline last season as they traded Dorian Finney-Smith, Spencer Dinwiddie, and multiple draft picks to the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for Kyrie Irving and Markieff Morris.
Dallas needed a co-star to pair with Luka Doncic, and after this move fans expected Dallas to contend for a title. Despite landing one of the best point guards in the NBA, Dallas missed the playoffs.
The Mavs decided to re-sign Irving this summer, as the Mavs gave up too much to not bring him back, and now have the Doncic and Irving pairing together for the next two years at least.
10 players the Mavericks may replace Kyrie Irving with by the trade deadline
Dallas needs to win now with this duo, but they could look to move Irving if things don't go as planned over the next few months. Although it appears that the two stars have improved chemistry and the vibes on the team are great, things can change quickly in the NBA.
Here are 10 players that the Mavs could replace Irving with by the trade deadline.
10. Kyle Lowry
Dallas pursuing Kyrie Irving seems unlikely, but if Irving has an elite first half of his season and Miami seeems like they are a piece away, they could make a move for him.
Miami was in the race for Damian Lillard this summer, and a solid alternative would be Irving. Last season for Miami, Lowry averaged 11.2 points, 4.1 rebounds, 5.1 assists, and 1.0 steals per game.
Lowry is four years removed from his last All-Star game appearance, and isn't the same player that he was during his time with the Toronto Raptors, but he would still be a solid starting guard next to Luka Doncic.
Lowry could facilitate when needed, and his ability to play defense and knock down open 3-pointers off the catch could intrigue Dallas.
He is also on an expiring contract, and Dallas could move on from him after this season if he doesn't work out.
Dallas would obviously need more in a trade in a trade with Miami centered around Irving, but usiing Lowry's salary to help match with Irving's is practical for the Heat.