Kyrie Irving & the Dallas Mavericks: A Marriage of Necessity

Omar Zahran
8 min readFeb 18, 2023

Kyrie Irving’s image reboot and the Mavs quest for a second star. Looking at a trade where the two parties desperately needed each other.

The NBA trade deadline this year is likely one of the most active that we have seen in quite a few years. The highlight of this deadline is without a doubt the trading of Kevin Durant from Brooklyn to Phoenix. Anytime an all-time great offensive player is traded in the middle of a season where he is averaging nearly 30 points per game, it is headline news. There has been nonstop talk about the Durant trade, the dismantling of the Brooklyn Nets super team, and the Suns’ rising title hopes. Meanwhile, Durant’s old teammate and friend Kyrie Irving was also traded.

Irving had worn out his welcome in Brooklyn and this felt like a parting of two parties that simply had grown tired of one another. The Nets shipped Irving to Dallas to be paired with superstar Luka Doncic. In return, the Nets received Spencer Dinwiddie, Dorian Finney-Smith, an unprotected 2029 first-round pick, and two second-round picks (in 2027 and 2029). In many ways, this pairing feels like the right move at the right time for a team and a player in desperate need of a needle-moving shift.

Fireworks Wanted in Dallas

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Omar Zahran

Freelance sports writer fascinated by the stories that our favorite teams and athletes present to us