Is Kyrie Irving worth it? The “it” could be trouble, chaos, spectacular play or some fascinating and puzzling combination of the three.
The Dallas Mavericks on Sunday decided yes.
Irving requested a trade Friday, and multiple teams, including the Los Angeles Lakers and Phoenix Suns, had varying levels of interest.
By Sunday, Irving was on his way to the Mavericks, who gave up Spencer Dinwiddie, Dorian Finney-Smith, a first-round pick and two second-round picks for the talented guard.
Whatever hesitation existed around the league in acquiring Irving – and there was plenty of it – it was rendered meaningless ahead of Thursday’s 3 p.m. ET NBA trade deadline.
What other offers may have been made for Irving haven’t emerged, but there was concern about offering a significant package of players and future draft picks without some kind of assurance that Irving will remain with the team that acquired him.