The Dallas Mavericks traded for point guard Kyrie Irving on Sunday, solving the issues they have had at the position this season and allowing Brooklyn to fulfill Irving’s request earlier in the week. The former Brooklyn Nets point guard requested a trade out of Brooklyn a few days prior, shaking NBA executives' plans all over the league.
The Mavericks traded guard Spencer Dinwiddie, forward Dorian Finney-Smith, a 2027 second-round pick, and a 2029 first- and second-round pick for guard Kyrie Irving and forward Markieff Morris in a blockbuster trade that has the Mavericks’ fans’ hopes much higher for a strong result this season.
Irving, who has been in and out of games for consecutive years now due to various reasons such as injury, off-court debacles, and personal issues, will look to guide the Dallas Mavericks to an NBA championship this spring. The 9-time NBA All-Star will join superstar Luka Doncic in Dallas with hopes to avoid yet another playoff exit like the past two seasons.
Irving has an NBA Championship ring from the 2015-16 season, where he, along with Lebron James, took the Cleveland Cavaliers to the finals and came back from a 3-1 game deficit against Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors. This was the first-ever comeback from a 3-1 game deficit in league history, which was one of the greatest finals of all time, earning Irving and James and the city of Cleveland the city's first sports championship since 1964, a drought that lasted 52 years.
Since then, Irving wanted out of Cleveland to prove he could win a championship on his own without Lebron James and was traded in yet another blockbuster trade to the Boston Celtics. On-and-off court struggles led to a falling out between Irving and the organization and fanbase, thus landing him in New York.
Shortly after, the Nets acquired a full superstar roster including Kevin Durant, James Harden, Blake Griffin, and Irving. Brooklyn failed to win an NBA championship with this roster.
So, Irving is now a Dallas Maverick, once again putting him on a roster where he is not the only superstar. Now, it is only a matter of time before the world sees whether or not the failure trend with Irving will continue or if Dallas is able to get over the hump.
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