On Sunday Kyrie Irving was traded to the Dallas Mavericks after he requested a trade last week as the NBA trade deadline approached. Irving went to Dallas along with Markief Morris in exchange for Spencer Dinwiddie, Dorian Finney-Smith, and picks.
What it means for Dallas
If the Mavericks were not seen as NBA title contenders before, they should be now. Dallas was able to keep their two best players in Luka Doncic and Christian Wood and also add arguably a top 10 player in the league in Kyrie. Now you could easily say that the Mavericks have two top 10 players in the league. They should be seen as one of the favorites in the Western Conference.
What it means for Brooklyn
Brooklyn still has Kevin Durant. He can lead a team with minimal help on a deep playoff run. They are undoubtedly worse off without Kyrie as they were rolling before Durant got injured. Now they will have to hope Dinwiddie can take on a lot of that scoring burden that Irving has left. It will be a tougher road to the finals now and Brooklyn should be seen as a mid to low-tier playoff team in the Eastern Conference this season.
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