The Dallas Mavericks wasted no time since Kyrie Irving demanded to be traded from the Brooklyn Nets. NBA insider Shams Charania reported on Sunday that the Mavericks have landed Irving in a trade, sending Spencer Dinwiddie, Dorian Finney-Smith, a first-round and multiple second-round picks back to the Nets. The Mavericks Championship odds immediately shot up after the Irving trade went official.
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Mavericks Championship Odds After Landing Kyrie Irving
The championship odds showed the Mavericks (+2000) as large underdogs to win it all on Sunday morning. But after landing Irving, those odds shot up to +1200 (on DraftKings Sportsbook). The Lakers were the favorites to land Irving after he made his trade wishes public, and LeBron James certainly sounded like he was open to teaming up with the point guard once again.
“That’s a Rob question,” James said Saturday after the Lakers’ 131-126 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans, per ESPN. “You got to see him when y’all get back to L.A. I’ve told y’all a couple weeks, I don’t speak for our front office. My mindset is whatever lineup or whatever group that we have is to make sure we prepare ourselves the best way we can to go out and win. Obviously, that’s a — what’s the word you use — ‘duh’ question when you talk about a player like that.”
Irving remains one of the most dominant players in the NBA, averaging 27.1 ppg in 40 games this season. But it’s his off-the-court antics that have irked his organizations and dominated headlines throughout his career. Most recently, Irving was suspended for controversial comments made earlier in the year.
The Mavericks will certainly hope Irving can mesh well with Luka Doncic and help them get over the hump in the postseason. But perhaps the biggest question marks stem from what Irving does away from the basketball court.
Regardless, Dallas is making it clear that they are prepared to go all-in this season. They currently sit at a mediocre 28-26, good for sixth place in the Western Conference. Based on the Mavericks championship odds uptick, the Kyrie Irving move can lead them to new heights.