BREAKING NEWS: Kyrie Irving heads to Dallas in blockbuster trade as he joins forces with fellow All-Star Luka Doncic, while Brooklyn Nets get Spencer Dinwiddie and Dorian Finney-Smith plus picks
- Kyrie Irving told the Brooklyn Nets he wanted to leave the team in the week
- The Dallas Mavericks have made their move to sign the 30-year-old guard
- The trade sees Irving like up the Mavericks MVP candidate Luka Doncic
Kyrie Irving has been traded to the Dallas Mavericks, ending his controversial tenure with the Brooklyn Nets.
Nets get Spencer Dinwiddie, Dorian Finney-Smith, a first-round and multiple second-round picks in return for Irving, according to The Athletic. Markieff Morris is also heading to Dallas.
The move sees Irving join forces with Luka Doncic. The Mavericks next play on Monday night against the Utah Jazz. Irving missed the Nets game on Saturday night against the Wizards due to right calf soreness.
The Lakers were also linked with a move for Irving but, according to ESPN, the Nets preferred the package on offer from Dallas. The picks the Nets get in the deal are a 2029 unprotected first-round pick, a 2027 second-round pick and a 2029 second round-pick.
Irving also has history with Mavericks general manager Nico Harrison – who previously worked at Nike – and Dallas have been said to be keen to get in another big name to partner MVP candidate Doncic.
Kyrie Irving is heading to the Dallas Mavericks for the remainder of the current season
Irving had been linked with the Lakers but the 30-year-old is now heading to join Dallas
The move sees Irving partner with Dallas star and MVP candidate Luke Doncic for Mavericks
Irving’s current contract runs until the end of the season, when Dallas can decide if they want to enter negotiations to extend the agreement.
The Athletic reported on Friday that members of the Mavericks front office were unsure if Irving and Doncic were good long-term fits due to their different character traits.
Irving joined the Nets from the Boston Celtics in 2019. He only played 74 times with Kevin Durant, who arrived in Brooklyn from
Earlier on Sunday, it emerged that Irving was prepared to sit out the rest of the season with the Nets if they refused to trade him before Thursday’s deadline.
Irving had a rocky time of it in Brooklyn, beginning with his refusal to get the Covid-19 vaccine during the 2020-21 season which forced him out of the lineup for home games until New York mayor Eric Adams altered the city’s laws.
The most recent controversy to surround Irving and the nets came earlier this season when he faced backlash for tweeting a link to an ‘anti-Semitic’ film.
Irving initially refused to apologize or back down over the tweet before Brooklyn suspended him for eight games and he eventually issued an apology for sharing the 2018 documentary, which was based on a book described as ‘venomously anti-Semitic.’
The saga also cost Irving his Nike deal – they cancelled plans to release his ‘Kyrie 8’ show.
Irving, who was selected as a starter for the 2023 All-Star Game, is averaging 27.1 points and 5.3 assists in 40 games this season and had recently carried the team on a streak of six games or more than 30 points before it was snapped against the Lakers Monday night.
Irving departs the Brooklyn Nets after a controversial tenure at the Barclays Center
The move for Irving sees his partnership wit Kevin Durant at the Nets come to an end
Spencer Dinwiddie heads back to Brooklyn from Dallas as part of the deal for Irving
The Nets are fourth in the Eastern Conference standings with a 32-20 record and play next on Monday night against the Clippers at the Barclays Center.
The Mavericks, meanwhile, are sixth in the Western Conference with a 28-26 record.
The 29-year-old Dinwiddie, meanwhile, returns to the Nets after five years in Brooklyn from 2016 until 2021, when he went to the Washington Wizards.
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