Kyrie Irving is going to the Dallas Mavericks, AP Reports
Kyrie Irving gets his wish. He gets traded.
And Luka Doncic gets another All-Star to help him in Dallas.
The Mavericks and Brooklyn Nets agreed to a blockbuster trade on Sunday: Irving — the super-talented and often enigmatic eight-time All-Star point guard — goes to Dallas in exchange for Spencer Dinwiddie, Dorian Finney-Smith and a set of draft picks, according to a person familiar with the terms of the deal who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because it had not been finalized.
Athletic and ESPN first reported the trade deal. It will become full once the teams have a call with the NBA, which is standard for all trades.
The move comes just two days after Irving told the Nets he wanted to be traded before Thursday’s league deadline, after talks of a contract beyond this season did not sit well with him. He wasn’t with the Nets for their Saturday game, and by Sunday afternoon his time in Brooklyn seemed to be coming to an end.
It wasn’t immediately clear when Irving would make his Dallas debut. The Mavericks play at Utah on Monday night.
Irving is averaging 27.1 points, 5.3 assists and 5.1 rebounds this season. Doncic is averaging 33.4 points, 8.9 rebounds and 8.2 assists. They instantly become one of the best duos in the NBA and make Dallas an even stronger contender in a Western Conference with no shortage of teams capable of winning championships.
Irving should, for now, become a free agent after the season. It’s believed the Los Angeles Lakers were one of the few teams interested in Irving – a notion that could have reunited Irving with LeBron James, with whom he won a title in Cleveland in 2016.
The trade re-associates Irving with Dallas general manager Nico Harrison, who was an executive at Nike before taking over the Mavericks in 2021. Irving had a relationship with Nike throughout his NBA career until the start of this season, when the sneaker giant dropped him. — and canceled the planned release of his next signature shoe just before he dropped — as part of Irving’s massive fallout by posting a link to an anti-Semitic film on his Twitter account.
It was one of many drama-filled sagas that marked Irving’s time with the Nets. He wouldn’t get a COVID-19 shot and, due to New York City workplace rules, had to miss most of Brooklyn’s home games last season. He also took two leaves during the 2020-21 season.
He has also expressed many controversial opinions during his career, including repeatedly wondering if the Earth was round before finally apologizing to science teachers.
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