Monday, February 6, 2023

Report: Nets trade Kyrie Irving to Mavericks for Spencer Dinwiddie, Dorian Finney-Smith

The Brooklyn Nets are reportedly trading Kyrie Irving to the Dallas Mavericks, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.

The Mavs are sending guard Spencer Dinwiddie, forward Dorian Finney-Smith, an unprotected 2029 first-round pick and second-round picks in 2027 and 2029 to the Nets for Irving's services and Markieff Morris, sources said Sunday afternoon.

Less than 48 hours after Irving made his initial trade request -- following a Nets' 139-96 blowout loss at the hands of the Celtics -- he gets moved ahead of the Feb. 9 NBA trade deadline to pair up with MVP candidate Luka Doncic in Dallas, currently sitting as the sixth seed out West at 28-26.

Irving, who's played less than 150 games combined over the past four seasons in Brooklyn, is seeking a four-years, $198. million deal with the Mavs this summer, while he's also eligible for a two-year, $83 million extension come June 30. The eight-time All-Star is averaging  27.1 points, 5.1 rebounds and 5.3 assists per contest (40 games) so far during the 2022-23 campaign.

Meanwhile, Dinwiddie (17.7 points, 3.1 rebounds and 5.3 assists) returns to the Nets where he played for five seasons, along with Finney-Smith (9.1 points and 4.7 rebounds) to help Brooklyn remain in the East's top-four teams (currently 32-20) -- despite being 5-5 in Kevin Durant's absence with an MCL sprain.

Irving's short tenure in Brooklyn ended with a trade request when talks of a contract extension fell through with the Nets over the past week. The 30-year-old point guard opted into the final year of a $136 million deal last offseason.

For now, it doesn't seem like both the Nets or Mavs are done adding to their rosters with the trade deadline still just days away.

Joel Pavón

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