The Brooklyn Nets have just traded Kyrie Irving to the Dallas Mavericks for Spencer Dinwiddie, Dorian Finney-Smith, and a few draft picks. The Mavericks will also receive Markieff Morris from the Nets for this blockbuster trade. Kyrie turned the NBA world upside down when he submitted a trade request a few days ago. It was quite a surprise considering the Nets have been performing quite well this season.
The Mavericks are sending a 2029 unprotected first-round pick, a 2027 second-round pick and a 2029 second round-pick to the Nets, sources @TheAthletic @Stadium. Brooklyn also is sending Markieff Morris to Dallas. https://t.co/EtqlQqQuGq
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 5, 2023
The Nets might have been looking like contenders for the first time in a long time and it certainly looks like Irving was not there for it. Despite having his friend Kevin Durant on the same team, Irving voiced his wish to leave through his camp to the Nets board. The former Cleveland Cavaliers star has not had a good time in New York, after involving himself in numerous controversies and drama. Now, the Mavericks will start him alongside the world-class Luka Doncic, who has been having a phenomenal season so far.
Kyrie Irving could make his Dallas Mavericks debut against the Los Angeles Clippers on February 8
According to various reports, Irving could play his first game for the Dallas Mavericks on February 8, against the Los Angeles Clippers. He will travel to Texas on February 6 for his medical and only then the date of his first game can be decided.
Kyrie Irving is expected to arrive for a physical on Monday in Dallas and travel to make his Mavericks debut vs. the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday (10 PM ET, ESPN), source tells ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 5, 2023
Kyrie did not play the last Nets game against the Washington Wizards due to right calf soreness. Although it was a serious injury condition, fans believed that there was more to it. There was a striking resemblance to the time when James Harden requested a trade and suffered ahead of the next game.
Brooklyn Nets say Kyrie Irving (right calf soreness) is out tonight against Washington Wizards.
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) February 4, 2023
Whatever the case, Kyrie is now a Maverick, and he will line up alongside Luka Doncic. The Mavs have not announced when Luka will return, but sources claimed that he will miss only two games in total for the team due to a heel injury. If all goes well, both Luka and Kyrie will recover just in time to play together against the Clippers midweek.