- Kyrie Irving is going to the Western Conference with the Dallas Mavericks acquiring his services
- Los Angeles Lakers discussed several Irving deals with Brooklyn but failed to seal the deal with the Nets
- Nets and Mavs have plenty to do with their respective teams after the blockbuster trade
The Kyrie Irving trade saga is finally over. According to reports, the Brooklyn Nets are trading the disgruntled star and Markieff Morris to the Dallas Mavericks in exchange for Spencer Dinwiddie, Dorian Finney-Smith, an unprotected 2029 first-round pick and second-round picks in 2027 and 2029.
The Nets were rocked on Friday after Irving requested a trade from the team. The 30-year-old opted into the final season of his deal last summer but failed to reach an agreement with the Nets on an extension.
According to sources, Irving wanted a deal in the neighborhood of a four-year, $198.5 million maximum extension that was available to him until June 30.
He can now get that mammoth contract from the Mavs with the NBA star also eligible to sign a two-year, $83 million extension with Dallas until June 30, per ESPN.
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That deal may be risky for Dallas given that Irving has played fewer than 150 games combined over the previous four seasons. With the players and picks that they gave up for Irving, it is a risk that Mavs owner Mark Cuban is more than willing to take.
Irving is still one of the best players in the NBA, averaging 27.1 points, 5.1 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game this campaign.
Lakers fail to land Kyrie
Dallas fans may be delighted with the trade but the same can’t be said for Lakers supporters, who were hoping for a Hollywood reunion between Irving and LeBron James. The Lakers discussed possible Irving trades with the Nets on Friday and Saturday but unfortunately were not able to seal the deal.
The Lakers were looking to strengthen their lineup with their playoff hopes currently hanging in the balance. They are outside the playoff picture at the moment, sporting a 25-29 record, which is good for just 13th place in the Western Conference.
The Mavs, who are currently sixth in the West, hope this trade will help make them take that next step and go deep in the playoffs. It will be interesting to see what the dynamic will be between Irving and Mavs star Luka Doncic.
Nets move on without Irving
Sports Brief earlier reported on Nets coach Jacque Vaughn criticizing Irving for his shock trade request. The 47-year-old told reporters that he expects his players to show up and do their jobs every single day as that is what they signed up for.
Vaughn has done a masterful job for the Nets since replacing Steve Nash as the team’s head coach last November, leading the side to a 32-20 record.
His main job now is to integrate Dinwiddie and Finney-Smith into their lineup and help sustain their push for a playoff berth.