5 Kyrie Irving sign-and-trades to boost the Dallas Mavericks' title odds

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3. Chicago Bulls

If this deal were to come across the desk of Dallas Mavericks GM Nico Harrison, he should jump at the opportunity to make it. This would be as close to the perfect return for Irving as the Mavericks could get in a sign-and-trade.

DeMar DeRozan has made the All-Star team in each of the last two seasons and has established himself as perhaps the best mid-range shooter in the league. His scoring would take a ton of pressure off of Luka Doncic.

More importantly, it would take pressure off of Doncic at a different position other than the guard spot. DeRozan's ability to play the three and the four would give Jason Kidd a bit more freedom.

That being said, the Mavericks might be more stoked to get Alex Caruso than DeRozan. That's how bad they were on the defensive side of the ball last season. Caruso was just recently named to the NBA All-Defensive first team and would provide the Mavericks with an elite defender on the perimeter. There's no doubt that Kidd would immediately fall in love with having him in the rotation.

For the Chicago Bulls, this move would signal their desperation to make a change. And with the way their season went last year, it might be imminent.

Lonzo Ball just can't seem to stay healthy, meaning the Bulls need a point guard. And while it may be unlikely that they go to these lengths to get one, Irving's talent is undeniable, and he would immediately form an elite backcourt duo with Zach LaVine.