The Mavericks have acquired All-Star G Kyrie Irving in exchange for G Spencer Dinwiddie, F Dorian Finney-Smith, an unprotected 2029 first-round draft pick, and a couple of second-round picks in 2027.
As mentioned previously, it had been reported that Dallas would be willing to part ways with F Dorian Finney-Smith in a deal that brought back a star player, per Shams Charania of The Athletic.
People laughed at this report. Of course, you would move Dorian if it involved a star player, but many people (including myself) doubted whether they would find a deal that fit this criterion. Irving requested a trade, and discussions progressed rather quickly, considering Irving communicated he would not resign in Brooklyn.
Kyrie Irving’s deal will expire at the end of this season. Per Tim MacMahon, Irving extension talks are expected to be put off until this summer. He is currently eligible for a 2-year extension but will be available for a 4-year deal in the summer.
This is what makes this move a gamble. The potential of losing two massive complementary pieces just for a half-season rental is disheartening. If Irving does leave Dallas in free agency, however, the Mavericks will have close to max salary cap space this summer.
The upside of this deal is remarkably high, considering Dallas now pairs Luka with the most talented player he has ever played alongside – increasing the no-deposit bonus codes like ever before. It appears that both Nico Harrison and Jason Kidd are confident that they can convince Irving to stick along for the long term.
The trade deadline will be Thursday, February 9th, at 3 pm ET. I don’t believe the front office is finished.
The focus should now shift to filling in the void created by losing one of your better defenders, Dorian Finney-Smith. Sure, Maxi Kleber should return to the lineup soon, which will be a huge lift defensively.
The hole created in the Mavs wing depth certainly opens minutes for Josh Green, who has taken a significant jump this season. I’d look for Dallas to bring in a wing defender that can replace Finney-Smith’s defensive value.
Luka got help. You can’t double him.
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