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Sports Illustrated
Daniel Chavkin

Nets Trade Kyrie Irving to Mavericks, per Reports

The Nets are trading point guard Kyrie Irving to the Mavericks for Spencer DinwiddieDorian Finney-Smith, a 2029 first-round pick and multiple second-round picks, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and The Athletic’s Shams Charania report.

According to Charania, the Nets are receiving a 2027 second-round pick, a ’29 second-round selection and an unprotected ’29 first-round pick from the Mavericks. Markieff Morris is also part of the trade and will head to Dallas after one season in Brooklyn. 

The move comes days after Irving requested a trade from the Nets when extension talks between he and the team reportedly broke down. Irving is set to become a free agent after the season.

With the trade, Irving’s tumultuous tenure in Brooklyn comes to a close. After signing a four-year deal with the Nets alongside Kevin Durant, Irving ended up winning just one playoff series with the team. However, he found himself embroiled in controversy, which included missing most of last season due to being unvaccinated from COVID-19 and a suspension this year for promoting an antisemitic film and book on social media.

Irving gives the Mavericks a second star to pair with Luka Dončić. On the season, Irving has played in 40 games for the Nets, averaging 27.1 points, 5.3 assists and 5.1 rebounds.

In return, Brooklyn will receive Dinwiddie, a point guard who spent five seasons with the team earlier in his career, along with forward Finney-Smith. Dinwiddie had a career season with the Nets in 2019-20, averaging over 20 points per game for the only time in his career. This season, Dinwiddie has averaged 17.7 points and 5.3 assists per game, and he is signed through next season.

Finney-Smith has spent his entire career in Dallas after signing as an undrafted free agent in 2016. The veteran has been a consistent starter since the 2019-20 season. This season, Finney-Smith is averaging 9.1 points and 4.7 rebounds per game while shooting over 40% from three-point range, and he is signed through 2025 with a player option for the following season.

In the end, after Durant and Irving teamed up in Brooklyn 3 1/2 years ago, the two played in a total of just 74 games together.

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