No sooner said than done.
Just two days after requesting a trade from the leaders of the Nets, with whom he failed to reach an agreement on an extension, Kyrie Irving was sent to Dallas.
's Shams Charania
reported first, quickly followed by
ESPN 's Adrian Wojnarowski
Markieff Morris will accompany the 30-year-old All Star point guard to the Mavericks.
In exchange, the Nets will receive Spencer Dinwiddie, Dorian Finney-Smith and three future draft picks (first round in 2029, second round in 2027 and 2029).
Recall that Irving, whose time in Brooklyn has been marked by injuries and controversy since his arrival in 2019, has 27.1 points and 5.3 assists since the start of the season.
He is expected to form a fiery backline with Slovenian Luka Doncic, one of the top contenders for the MVP title with 33.4 points, 8.9 rebounds and 8.2 assists.
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, "Uncle Drew" is set to make his debut in his new colors this Wednesday against the Clippers.
The LA club was just one of those who tried their luck to recover it, a few days before the trade deadline (February 9).
, they offered a package around Luke Kennard and Terance Mann, with a first-round draft pick and the option to trade two more first-round picks.
The Suns proposed Chris Paul
The Clippers are not the only ones to have come to information in vain.
There are the Lakers too.
LeBron James and Kyrie Irving would have liked to meet again, seven years after the end of their union in Cleveland, with the title at stake.
According to Chris Haynes of
, which also reports that Irving is delighted to join the Mavericks, the Lakers have notably put two first rounds of Draft (2027, 2029) on the table.
The Suns were also in the running, with an offer around Chris Paul, Jae Crowder and draft rounds!
Brooklyn ultimately felt that Dallas' proposal was the best, the one that could grab a player to continue aiming high this season while filling the drawers of Draft rounds.
Already passed by the Barclays Center between 2016 and 2021, the 29-year-old leader Dinwiddie is running at 17.7 points and 5 “assists” in 2022-23.
Finney-Smith (9.1 pts, 4.7 rbs / game) will bring size to the wing, and a three-point threat (35.5%).
A priori, the plan of the Nets is in any case not to sell Kevin Durant before the deadline.
On the contrary: according to
, they will do their best to strengthen their workforce before next Thursday.
To see if Brooklyn, even with a “KD” in MVP mode (29.7 pts, 6.7 rbs, 5.3 pds), is able to compete with Boston, Philadelphia or Milwaukee in the East without Kyrie Irving, this the latter representing a risky bet for Mark Cuban's franchise given his off-court liabilities.
We recall in passing that Joe Tsai's club once relied on a Durant/Harden/Irving trio to dream big.
James Harden jumped ship in 2022 for the 76ers and now it's Irving's turn.
Yet it was the native of Melbourne who had worked to attract "KD" to the Nets... "KD",