The Dallas Mavericks recently made one of the boldest moves in franchise history.
They traded for Kyrie Irving, even despite the fact that he’s set to become a free agent and didn’t want to make any sort of commitment about his future.
The Mavs gave away defense, depth, and draft picks for a player with a history of insubordination and lack of availability, and he might as well walk out in just a couple of months.
But it seems like no one wants to talk or think about that.
Instead, both Kyrie and Luka Doncic are just trying to enjoy the ride and figure things out on the go.
Doncic recently praised Kyrie, claiming that it was quite fun to have him as a teammate in the All-Star Game as well, as it hasn’t even been two full weeks since they became teammates.
Luka Dončić on having Kyrie Irving as an All-Star teammate: “We had a lot of laughs, he’s a great guy. We talk a lot, it was great to have him here.”#NBAAllStar pic.twitter.com/mQvB0qztVL
— Landon Thomas (@sixfivelando) February 20, 2023
Needless to say, Jason Kidd’s team now has one of the most gifted backcourts the game of basketball has ever seen, and the Mavs should now have more than enough firepower to outscore almost every single team on Earth.
However, that’s not a formula that pays off in the playoffs, and they also have one of the worst defensive backcourts in the league right now, which is a lot to say.
We’ll have to wait and see how this experiment pans out and whether Kyrie wants to stay — and actually lives up to his contract — or not.
But the early returns have been entertaining to watch, at the very least.NEXT: Luka Doncic Reveals His Top Priority