Dallas Mavericks: Trade for Kyrie Irving would be a gamechanger

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The Dallas Mavericks have tried to do things the traditional way. They’ve tried to surround their superstar, Luka Doncic, with the right coaching staff and the right group of players to maximize his talents.

They’ve re-signed their own, added some in free agency, and even traded when all else has failed. Yet, for every step forward, the Dallas Mavericks seem to take two steps back. The clock is ticking and the Dallas Mavericks are watching some prime years of Luka Doncic slip away all because they’ve failed to assemble a competent roster around him.

Adding Kyrie Irving to the Dallas Mavericks could be a gamechanger

The word “gamechanger” can mean a variety of things. It typically comes with a positive connotation but it can also indicate a negative shift. Bold moves deemed “gamechangers” can ultimately go in either direction, making a potential Dallas Mavericks – Kyrie Irving pairing a perfect example, both good and bad.

The Dallas Mavericks need better players around Luka Doncic. After losing Jalen Brunson over the summer, they are desperately thin in talent, and show time and time again, if Luka isn’t playing brilliantly, the Mavs have no chance.

Kyrie Irving is a top-10 NBA player who can create his own shot and/or create for others. He a legit superstar to match with Doncic and could be the difference between the Mavs being a pretender or a contender.

While there are mild concerns regarding how two ball-dominant players would fit, the upside far outweighs the “only one ball” situation. Irving has played most of his career with other superstars so evidence speaks to it’s potential success.

Obviously the elephant in the room is all things other than Kyrie Irving’s on-court contributions. Irving is no stranger to controversy and has made headlines for all the wrong reasons over the past few seasons.

His extensive baggage could alienate fans and unfiltered public commentary make him an ongoing suspension risk. It’s important to point out, the only reason he’s available in the Mavs price range if because of all the off-court concerns. Frankly, the Mavs still may not be able to afford him.

If the Dallas Mavericks can unload the Tim Hardaway contract along with their draft pick compensation, Kyrie Irving may be worth the gamble. But it’s still a massive gamble because Irving is a free agent this summer so the Mavs stand to lose him for nothing in a few months.

The only thing scarier than that is signing him long-term.