On Sunday, the NBA world was rocked by the trade that sent Kyrie Irving from the Brooklyn Nets to the Dallas Mavericks. Minutes after the blockbuster transaction was announced, the DallasBasketball.com staff gave their immediate impressions on this episode of the Mavs Step Back Podcast.
Sunday’s transaction between the Dallas Mavericks and the Brooklyn Nets for Kyrie Irving was just the latest in a slew of high-profile deals leading up to the NBA’s trade deadline, which is only three days away. With 27.1 points, 5.1 rebounds, 5.3 assists, and 1.0 steals per game through 40 games, Irving is an All-NBA caliber player.
He’s also close to a perfect 50/40/90 efficiency line with a 48.6 percent field goal percentage, a 37.4 percent three-point clip, and an 88.3 percent free throw percentage. When playing with Irving, Doncic will be matched up against the most gifted player he has ever seen. In a wide-open Western Conference, Mark Cuban and Nico Harrison were bold in trading for a co-star to complement Doncic in acquiring Kyrie Irving.
However, the trade is not without risk, as Irving has a history of off-court distractions and is also set to become an unrestricted free agent in the summer. In this episode of the Mavs Step Back Podcast, my co-host Drew Johnson and my DallasBasketball.com teammate Matt Galatzan discuss their early thoughts on the deal and how they see Irving meshing with Doncic.
Given that Doncic and Jalen Brunson led the Mavericks to the Western Conference Finals, there’s no reason to think that Doncic and Irving can’t lead Dallas to an NBA championship, provided that Irving stays healthy and engaged in his new surroundings.
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In spite of Dorian Finney-significant Smith’s contributions to last year’s playoff run, Josh Green has not provided the same level of production for the Mavs. Additionally, it’s possible that the Mavs have additional moves under their sleeves before the trade deadline, which would further improve Dallas’ chances of making a deep playoff run.
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