The Dallas Mavericks sit fourth in the Western Conference at 10-7 on the morning of Nov. 27. They survived a three-game stretch without superstar Luka Doncic, five contests with Kristaps Porzingis on the sidelines, and finding their foot in a new system under head coach Jason Kidd in the early going. The Mavs have still not played their best basketball and are already near the top of the Western Conference.
The door is wide open for Dallas this year. Kawhi Leonard is set to miss the majority of the regular season after tearing his ACL in last season’s playoffs. The Nuggets are dealing with significant injuries to Jamal Murray and Michael Porter Jr. as the West is still loaded, but the door is open for a surprise NBA finalist.
The Mavericks should be doing everything possible to improve their roster ahead of the February trade deadline. Bleacher Report floated the idea of Dallas trading for Brooklyn Nets superstar Kyrie Irving on Nov. 26. Is that a move the Mavs should explore?
Should the Dallas Mavericks trade for Kyrie Irving?
Irving’s refusal to get vaccinated has kept him on the sidelines so far this season. New York City has a vaccine mandate that precludes the 6’2 point guard from playing in home games, and the Nets decided that he could not be a part-time player.
Kyrie Irving could play for the Mavericks because Dallas does not have the same order, and visiting players are not subject to the mandates. Should they be trying to acquire the seven-time All-Star? Here is a closer look at the cost before making the case for and against in an attempt to reach a verdict.