LeBron James Posts Deeply Cryptic Tweet After Kyrie Irving Trade to the Dallas Mavericks

LeBron James Posts Deeply Cryptic Tweet After Kyrie Irving Trade to the Dallas Mavericks

Joel Reyes
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:25 PM
  • LeBron James’ social media post attracted attention after Dallas acquired Kyrie Irving
  • The Los Angeles Lakers’ trade offer for the NBA star was rejected by the Brooklyn Nets
  • Other NBA players and legends of basketball have since reacted to blockbuster trade

LeBron James has broken his silence regarding the blockbuster trade of Kyrie Irving to the Dallas Mavericks, posting 'Maybe It’s Me' on his Twitter account hours after the swap.

James cryptically used the words reminiscent of music star, Taylor Swift, as the Los Angeles Lakers squandered another opportunity to strengthen their squad.

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LeBron James and Kyrie Irving square off. Image: Mike Stobe.
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Many expected the Lakers to grab Irving after the 30-year-old shockingly asked the Brooklyn Nets for a trade on Friday, February 3.

The two NBA clubs explored multiple deals on Friday and Saturday to get the trade done, with both sides even looking for a third team to help make up the numbers.

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Unfortunately for James and the Lakers, the reunion was not meant to be, with the Mavericks nabbing the All-Star guard from the Nets on Sunday.

The deal happened fairly quickly with general manager, Nico Harrison and head coach, Jason Kidd the main proponents of the trade for the Mavs, according to ESPN.

Nets reject Lakers' Kyrie offer

The Mavs sent Dorian Finney-Smith and Spencer Dinwiddie, as well as their unprotected 2029 first-round pick and second-round picks in 2027 and 2029 to Brooklyn, in exchange for Irving and forward, Markieff Morris.

The Nets reportedly deemed the Dallas team's offer better compared to the one the Lakers sent.

According to TNT’s Chris Haynes, the Lakers offered superstar, Russell Westbrook and their two first-round picks in 2027 and 2029 for Irving, but Brooklyn refused.

NBA players react to trade

James was not the only star to offer a reaction to the shock Irving trade.

Dinwiddie, who was part of the trade, tweeted:

Trae Young, Kevin Garnett, Jamal Crawford and Patrick Beverley also tweeted about the move, sharing their love for the league and the trade deadline.

Reunion dream ends in disappointment

Sports Brief earlier reported on James’ thoughts about a possible reunion with Irving, after the latter’s trade request emerged on Friday.

Asked if the Lakers should go for the deal, James called it a 'duh' question, adding that Lakers general manager, Rob Pelinka should answer instead.

James and Irving were part of the Cleveland Cavaliers team that defeated the Golden State Warriors in the 2016 NBA Finals.

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Joel Reyes is a sports editor at Sportsbrief.com with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of the Philippines. He has eight years of work experience in sports writing.
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