The Mavericks pulled off a huge trade landing Kyrie Irving from the Brooklyn Nets. When will he and Luka Doncic be able to take the floor together?
Kyrie Irving is now a member of the Dallas Mavericks and the power structure of both conferences has been rattled. Mavs fans will be eager to see Luka Doncic and Kyrie on the court together but they’ll have to wait. Neither player is likely to play Monday night against the Utah Jazz.
Luka Doncic is currently listed as “out” on the official NBA injury report, with a right heel contusion. Kyrie Irving is also not available to play tonight. Reportedly he will receive a physical today to finalize the trade and is expected to make his debut Wednesday against the Los Angeles Clippers.
How will Kyrie Irving and Luka Doncic work together for the Dallas Mavericks?
When both players are available to play the Mavericks’ starting lineup will likely be:
- Kyrie Irving
- Luka Doncic
- Tim Hardaway Jr.
- Davis Bertans
- Dwight Powell
Christian Wood will likely take a spot in the starting lineup when he returns from his fractured thumb, either replacing Powell or removing Bertans and having Powell slide down to power forward. Maxi Kleber could take the starting power forward position when he returns from his hamstring injury, likely after the All-Star Break.
Off the bench, the Mavs will have Josh Green, Reggie Bullock, JaVale McGee, Markieff Morris (who came from Brooklyn with Irving) and whoever slides out of that starting lineup as the Mavs get healthy.
It’s not quite as deep a unit as the Mavericks had before the trade but the addition of Irving makes their rotation more top heavy and might raise their ceiling.
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