Nets trade Kyrie Irving to Mavericks for Spencer Dinwiddie

The Dallas Mavericks have reached an agreement to acquire All-Star guard Kyrie Irving from the Brooklyn Nets for Spencer Dinwiddie, Dorian Finney-Smith, a first-round pick and several second-round picks, a person with knowledge of the proposed trade has told the States -United. TODAY Sports.

The person requested anonymity as they were not authorized to speak publicly until the deal was official.

On Friday, Irving rocked the NBA world with a trade request from the Nets after the two sides couldn’t agree on an extension.

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This deal has a chance to reshape the Western Conference standings before the final 10 weeks of the season. Several teams, including the Los Angeles Lakers and Phoenix Suns, were interested in Irving.

Irving, an All-Star this season and one of the league’s most gifted players, is averaging 27.1 points, 5.3 assists and 5.1 rebounds and shooting 48.6 percent from the field, 37 .4% on 3 points and 88.% from the foul line this season.

The Mavericks have been looking for the right players to put alongside MVP candidate Luka Doncic, and they’re trying their luck with Irving. Dallas is 28-26 and sits sixth in the West, just one game behind the fourth-placed Los Angeles Clippers. But the Mavs are only one game ahead of New Orleans, 10th.

Irving didn’t play in Brooklyn’s win over Washington on Saturday, and the Nets hadn’t planned to play Irving before Thursday’s trade deadline as they worked on a deal.

Irving was suspended by Brooklyn earlier this season for his promotion of an anti-Semitic film and his initial refusal to apologize. The team said at the time that he was not suitable for the franchise. Irving wanted to stay with the Nets, but according to Bleacher Report, Irving and his representation were unhappy with Brooklyn’s offer.

Mavs general manager Nico Harrison used to work for Nike and has a relationship with Irving, who had a sponsorship deal with Nike until he refused to join over the anti-Semitic issue.

Irving is in the final season of a four-year, $136.4 million contract he signed with the Nets in 2019. Dallas has the option of signing Irving to an extension, but if that doesn’t happen, Irving will be a free agent after the season.

Irving’s presence will alleviate some of the blame placed on Doncic, whose utilization rate (the percentage of plays used by a player) is 37.6%, just behind the league leader’s 37.8% Joel Embid. Doncic is also No. 8 in minutes played at 36.5 per game.

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